The style of wearing a cap or turban shows status and also indicates which country or ethnic group they are from.
Located at the crossroads of Central and South Asia, Afghanistan has for centuries been a meeting place of cultures and ethnicities, as evidenced by the wide variety of headgear worn by its people.
The style of a cap or turban shows the status and status of the person wearing it, and also indicates which country or ethnic group they are from.
For example, an Uzbek cap – flat and round, worn tight – decorated with colorful woolen embroidery and popular among Afghans from the northern regions of Mazar-i-Sharif, Faryab and Jawzjan.
The Pashtuns, Afghanistan’s largest ethnic group whose Taliban rule is mainly hail, often prefer plain black turbans, tightly wrapped around hats with “tails” falling over their shoulders.
Villagers say that a Pashtun boy entered adulthood when he wore a turban.
In southern Kandahar, young men do not wear round, soft caps with a slit in the front on their foreheads, while elderly men, especially farmers, prefer beanies and scarves.
Afghan women in some rural areas, especially in the western province of Herat, also wear hats embroidered above or below a shoulder-length chadar shawl.
The Tajiks pakol is soft with chubby rolls of sheep’s wool to keep cold heads warm in winter.
It became the symbol of the late anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, who wore it on the head and his warriors from the beautiful Panjshir Valley.
Weddings often require a special headdress, such as the Gilgit hat worn by grooms – similar to a pakol but with a feather pinned to the front or side for a chic look.
One of the oldest styles of clothing worn by Afghans is the Karakul, made of the wool of newborn lambs and known as the cross-border Pakistani Jinnah, where it was popularized by the country’s founder, Muhammad Ali. Jinnah.
It has found new favor in Kabul as a staple of former President Hamid Karzai.