Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Mauro Magliani
Afghan woman’s street wear
Mid-20th century

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

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, Bella and Harry Wexner Gallery, 11/03/2014 - 07/03/2015

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir