Five beautiful black and white portraits of Pashtuns

I believe all of these portraits were taken in Peshawar. The first photo was credited to R. B. Holmes from his collection of Afghan War Photographs, 1919. The two after were taken for a book of world costumes. The fourth I have no information. The fifth appears to be from National Geographic Magazine.


  1. AnonymousJune 17, 2014

    What I find very interesting is that the the old style men's pheran tumbaan remained pretty much like this as late as the 1930s.

    Unlike modern mass produced clothing worn today, these older style pheran tumbann have the following characteristics
    More fabric used.
    Standing collars (whether western style or sherwani style) seem a recent innovation. The older style tunic had a round neck and fastened with a verticle slit, usually to the
    left. To do this collar style requires a great deal of attention and tailoring skill, which is why one rarely sees this type of collar, unless the suit is worn by someone who can afford the extra tailoring.

    Additional featuers that distingish the older style:

    *Cuffs of trousers are immensely wide.
    * Flaring sleeves
    * Tunic goes to about k*nee length and in generous folds, giving a skirted appearance
    when worn with a vest.