Tajiks have constituted about one-fourth of the
population and live in many parts of the country. The concentration
of the Tajik communities is in the northern provinces of Kabul,
Heart, Kohistan and Panjshir. As traders and artisans they live
in the cities and speak Dari (Farsi).
Tajik women’s outfits are more fitted, still
with long sleeves, long skirts (younger women wear under the knee
and older women wear mid-calf length dresses). Although Tajiks don’t
use embroidery, gilded laces and other ornaments but the fabrics
are beautiful, stylish with variety of designs and floral patterns.
Expensive fabrics of brocade (Tawaar, KinKhab, Tass, Banarasi, and
Zarboft) and printed silks for special occasions and cotton and
rayon fabrics for daily use are common.
A pair of satin, cotton or rayon drawstring, straight-leg trousers
is worn with the dress. They are mostly White or other solid pastel
colors. The hems of the trousers are either embriodered with white
borders or white laces are used instead.
Their Chadars (scarves) are about 2 yards in size
from georgette, gauze (silk & cotton mixed) or cotton with lace,
crochet or needlepoint borders. Some have printed borders. Elder
& rich women also wear silk chiffon chadars with matching laces..
Tajik women wear gold with precious stone
jewelry. Ruby, turquoise, pearls and emerald are the favorite stones
of the riches. Costume jewelry and imitations are popular too. Tajiks
wear necklaces, earrings, rings and pear strands. Decorative combs
and colorful bobby pins are used to style their hair.