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prints (visual works)
Selim Koordish, Pasha of Amadiah
A Koordish Pashâ
23.2 cm x 14.4 cm
Andover, Massachusetts, USA
Western Michigan University, Libraries, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
DS 258 .P4 1843
Perkins, Justin 1805-1869
Clothing and dress--Iran
robes (main garments)
Pashas, government officials, costume
P. 382 "One striking peculiarity in the dress of the Koords is the broadness of the sleeves of their shirts. The Pashâ's are at least a yard and a half in breadth at the wristband. They have the appearance of coolness and comfort in summer. We inquired whether they did not encumber him in war; in reply to which, without saying a word, he rolled up both sleeves to the elbow, in a twinkling, winding the long tapered skirt in which they terminate, tightly around the folds; and then brandished his arms, with fists doubled, - giving us a very vivid impression of the expertness and power of the wild Koord, in connexion with the graceful ease of the polished chief. The material of the Pashâ's shirt was white silk gauze, His robe was of beautiful striped silk. His whole dress gives him an air of great dignity, which is fully sustained by his fine features, graceful motions and easy manners." This image of a Pashâ shows the wide shirt sleeves with a tippet at the end over which he is wearing the caba (Shoberl 1845, p. 34) or qaba (Vogelsang-Eastwood, p. 9). His caba is cinched with a belt that also hold his dagger. Under his caba he is wearing full length shalwar. Over this ensemble he wears a short green jacket and a longer jacket or coat, a kolija (Vogelsang-Eastwood, p. 10). His headdress consists of a tall fabric hat with the crown being trimmed in a thing red band with fabric hanging from a this trim and covering his hair. There is what appears to be a red felt scull cap with blue tassel attached some way to the back of the fabric hat.
Perkins, Justin. A Residence of Eight Years in Persia, Among the Nestorian Christians: with Notices of the Muhammedans. Andover, MA: Allen, Morrill & Wardwell, 1843.
Shoberl, Frederic. Persia: Containing a Description of the Country with an Account of Its Government, Laws, and Religion, and of the Character, Manners and Customs, Art, Amusements, Etc. of Its Inhabitants. Philadelphia: Grigg & Elliot, 1845.
Western Michigan University Libraries, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Western Michigan University
Costume History Collection
Western Michigan University Libraries
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