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Iranian Regional Dress

Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood

Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood is Director of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 5 : Central and Southwest Asia

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Iran is a large and ancient country that lies at the crossroads between Asia, Southwest Asia, and Europe. Over the centuries, numerous different peoples have crossed the country and settled there. As a result there are currently about one...

The Curious Tale of the Ultra-long Sleeve (A Eurasian Epic)

Folk Dress in Europe and Anatolia : Beliefs about Protection and Fertility

Berg Publishers, 1999

Book chapter

...At a critical point in the oft-told Russian fairytale of the Frog Princess, the tsar commands the beautiful Princess to dance for him. Arising from the banquet table, where she has been quietly stowing bones from the platter of swan meat...

Trouser Wearing by Horse-Riding Nomads in Central Asia

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 5 : Central and Southwest Asia

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Trousers may be thought to be a typical feature of modern Western dress, but people in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and large parts of Central Asia wear trousers and have done so for centuries. In Central Asia and Southwest Asia practical...

Early Iranian Textiles and Their Influence on Pre-Islamic Dress

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 5 : Central and Southwest Asia

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Some of the earliest evidence for the use of sheep’s wool can be found in Iran. Much influence and importation of style on dress in Iran can be attributed to both Eastern and Western sources during the later pre-Islamic period, from China...

Iranian Fashion in the Twenty-First Century

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 5 : Central and Southwest Asia

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Fashion in the twenty-first century in Iran has become highly inventive, surprisingly innovative, and undoubtedly glamorous. This is a surprise to some in the West who are accustomed to seeing images of large public gatherings of men...

Iranian Headwear in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 5 : Central and Southwest Asia

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...From a Western perspective, exotic Iranian headwear of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has been largely unknown to people around the world because of the lack of scholarly research on the topic. Additionally, few comparisons...

Introduction to the History of Dress on the Iranian Plateau

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 5 : Central and Southwest Asia

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The Iranian Plateau stretches from the banks of the Tigris River in the west to the valley of the Indus River in the east, and from the arid expanse of West Turkistan in the north to the Indian Ocean in the south. It is a harsh land...

Turkmen Dress and Embroidery

Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood

Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood is Director of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 5 : Central and Southwest Asia

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The majority of the Turkmen live around the Kara Kum (“Black Sand”) desert. The various Turkmen tribes consider themselves to be a single ethnic group. In the early twenty-first century, the Turkmen region is divided among Afghanistan...

Kurdish Dress

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 5 : Central and Southwest Asia

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Kurdistan is located in central Southwest Asia and covers an area of approximately 151,350 square miles (392,000 square kilometers) incorporated into parts of eastern Turkey, northwestern Iran, northern Iraq, northern Syria, and the former...

History of West Turkistan and Its Influence on the Dress of South Central Asia

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 5 : Central and Southwest Asia

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...West Turkistan is the name traditionally given to the lands that stretch east of the Caspian Sea and north of modern Iran and Afghanistan. To the east, it is bordered by the rising peaks of the Altai and Karakoram mountains, which mark...