Afghan Dresses, Traditional Outfits of provinces From Afghanistan

Afghan dresses in Afghanistan are made from light linens and are loose fitting for ease of movement. They come in many colours and have stitching for details. Women wear solid-coloured trousers, a long shirt with a belt. Sometimes they will wear an encompassing burqa over this outfit or a veil on their head.

Here are  some local pictures of various provinces of Afghanistan from the year 1973 , photographed by Samad Asefi for The calender of Ariana Airlines.

Kandahar is one of the most culturally significant cities of the Pashtuns and has been their traditional seat of power for more than 200 years, One unique style of casual Afghan dresses are the Kandahari doozi embroidery stitching of the city of Kandahar. This is stitching very intricately in the linens in different shapes and patterns using very thin threads. The more intricate the design, the more pricey the garment.

afghan dresses

Afghan dresses

Badakhshan has a diverse ethno-linguistic and religious community. Tajiks and Pamiris are the majority while a tiny minority of Kyrgyzs and Uzbeks also are found in their own villages.

The people of this province have a rich cultural heritage and they have preserved unique ancient forms of music, poetry and dance. Nasir Khusraw propagated Ismailism.

Kabul is the capital of Afghanistan as well as its largest city. from the 1960s until the late 1970s, Kabul was a major stop on the famous Hippie trail.

Ghazni City is famous for its minarets built on a stellar plan. They date from the middle of the twelfth century and are the surviving elements of the mosque of Bahramshah.

Hazara musicians are widely hailed as being skilled in playing the dambura, a regional and native instrument, a lute instrument similarly found in other Central Asian nations such as Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

This province became officially recognised in 2001, but was already known for 10 years. It was form from the northern parts of Laghman province and Kunar province. Currently Nuristan is one of the poorest and most remote provinces of Afghanistan.

Herāt has wide main streets, extensive bazaars, and some light industry, including handicrafts, textile weaving, cotton ginning, and rice, flour, and oilseed milling. There is an active trade in Karakul furs. An airport is nearby. The people of Herāt are predominantly Tajiks and Durrānī Pashtuns in the oases, with semi-nomadic Dari-speaking peoples in the deserts and mountains.

Mazar e sharif province is tremendously popular with foreign tourists thanks to its breathtaking landscape, and more importantly, peace and serenity. In all the years of civil war and political unrest, this part of the war-torn country remained unaffected.

Afghan Dresses are mostly worn with beautiful hats and vests decorated with silver coins.

Bamyan’s name is translated as ‘The Place of Shining Light’. Many statues of Buddha are carved into the sides of cliffs facing Bamyan city. In 2008, Bamyan was found to be the home of the world’s oldest oil paintings.

Women’s clothing is mostly made with colourful cotton textiles, with white silky embroidery on them.


Kochis are Afghan nomads similar to Arabian Bedouins, primarily from the Ghilji tribal confederacy. Wearing Tribal Afghan dresses with traditional embroidery , beads and embellishment.