The dress of the Torkomans

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(A runway fashion design based on Torkoman dress)

(A runway fashion design based on Torkoman dress)

The Torkoman tribe live in NorthEastern Iran in what is called the Turkmen Sahra. The Iranian city of Mashhad is close to their They are related to the Torkomans of Turkmenistan and some of them also reside in Afghanistan and even down into Iraq. They retain much of their Central Asian/Turkic culture and many continue to be semi-nomadic and participate in animal husbandry and carpet weaving.

Unfortunately I have never been to the area of Iran in which they reside but I have heard much about them and am always fascinated by their clothing when they are in an Iranian TV program or news show.

Interestingly enough, some aspects of their traditional modern dress was popular several seasons ago in Iranian fashion. I saw many trendy girls wearing the large printed scarves that they like (as seen in the picture above) and some expensive manteau in Esfahan and Tehran had Torkoman style stitched panels on the sleeves or front.

There seems to be two kinds of Torkoman womens dress, the more modern version and the traditional version.

The modern version is a simple long printed dress with a very large square square, usually with fringe and some very bright floral prints that remind me of 1960’s wallpaper. These scarves are similar to the ones that the Afghan women and Kord women in Iran favor and I have seen these hanging up in the Afghan owned stores in the Esfahan Bazaar.

They don’t wear the Persian chador and nor so they seem to wear the pan-Iranian “hejab islami” style manteau and maghneh, although the girls in schools and Universities do because this style of dress is required.

The traditional dresses are very different and unfortunately I was not able to find much on them, I don’t really know how much they are worn but I did find some very beautiful pictures of them.

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Modern Version;

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Traditional Version;

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(I read that traditionally Torkoman women did cover their faces and with a piece of cloth that was tied behind the head or pinned to the headdress.)

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(This picture reminds me of the musical  “Annie Get Your Gun”…but all silliness aside, it’s an interesting picture as it shows the traditional garb of Torkoman women and men well.)

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Men’s dress;

Men’s garb normally has a large wooly hat made of lambs fleece and a long coat, again, unfortunately I could not find much about it. I assume it’s not really worn too much anymore and is reserved for special occasions or worn by men who are still nomadic or very tradition.

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7 thoughts on “The dress of the Torkomans

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  2. Amazing!! How wonderful of you to give us a peek into the traditional grab of various Iranian tribes/regions…interesting indeed. Thanks a lot for sharing.:)

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  4. i was born in Turkmenistan, but my dad used to live in Iran. I have been there once… They are not iranian- They just live there…

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