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Afghan woman’s street wear

<b>Afghan woman’s street wear</b>

Afghan woman’s street wear

In the mid-20th century, the everyday attire of the Jewish women of Herat differed from that of Muslim women only in their street wear. When they left the house, Jewish women wrapped themselves with a black chader and hid their faces behind a white netted and embroidered veil, while Muslim women covered themselves with a wide, colorful one-piece wrap (chader burkah) that hid their bodies from head to toe, with only a netted opening for the eyes.

Wrap (chader)


Veil (ru-band)

Cotton, netted silk-thread embroidery

Purchased through the gift of Charlotte and Dr. Willy Reber, Valbella, Switzerland

Accession number:

B77.0466, B71.0526

Jewish Art and Life
From the Israel Museum publications:

Juhasz, Esther (ed.), The Jewish Wardrobe from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 5 Continents Editions, Milan and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2012


Dress Codes: Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 11/03/2014 - 07/03/2015