Many people, both inside and outside of the country, regard Afghanistan as a land that is perpetually affected by war,

terrorism and internecine strife. Yet Afghanistan is also a country with a remarkably rich heritage,

including a fascinating array of ethnic and regional clothing traditions.

Afghanistan is the home of more than fifty ethnic groups, and many of these

have indeed their own styles of garments and textile decoration.

The different traditions often reflect the position of the country, between Central Asia to the north,

Iran and the Middle East to the west, and the Indian subcontinent to the east.

For millennia the people of all these neighbouring lands have affected the history and the dress traditions of the people of Afghanistan, just as the people of Afghanistan have influenced the history and dress of the neighbouring lands (...)