Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dress of Marwats in 1840s

Sir Herbert Edwardes in 1849 writes,

"The dress of the Marwats is the loose shirt common to all Afghanistan; a voluminous trouser, whose folds are gathered together at the ankle in the same way as the shalwar of the Persians, but on a smaller scale, and of a dark striped cotton or silk ; and a chocolate-colored turban. The hue of this latter article is quite a distinctive mark of a Marwat peasant.

Source: "A year on the Punjab frontier, in 1848-49" by Edwardes, Herbert B. (Herbert Benjamin), Sir p-360

Mountstuart Elphinstone in 1839 writes,

"They (Marwats) are tall, fair men, and wear a pair of loose trowsers, something thrown over their shoulders, and a handkerchief tied round their heads."
(An Account of the Kingdom of Caubul, and Its Dependencies, in Persia page 57)