Pajhwok Afghan News

Nearly 90pc Nimorz women use Balochi dresses

ZARANJ (Pajhwok): About 90 percent of the women in northwestern Nimroz province wear Balochi dresses and 50 percent of the gender is associated with sewing the clothes.

Shima Mohammadi, Women’s Affairs official, told Pajhwok Afghan News that between 80 to 90 percent women wore Balochi dress called “Zi Austin Gatten”.

She said every woman was busy with needlework as much as possible, but unfortunately so far no institution had assisted them in promotion and marketing of their handicrafts.

Haji Malang Rasouli, a Baloch tribal elder, told Pajhwok that the certain dress was worn in Balochi parts of Afghanistan, but elsewhere.

He added all women in Nimroz dressed the Balochi dress because it was a good hijab covering full body, beautifully embroidered, and acceptable with high quality.

Previously carpet weaving had been one of the major income sources of Nimroz women, but that business dropped currently and most women sew cloths.

Zahra, a resident of Chakhansoor district, said she had five children and her husband was ill and could not work. She sews cloths and meets family problems.

She completes a dress in 20 days but said she had no money to buy pieces of cloths and other tools so she started sewing other people’s cloths against 1,000 afghanis per dress to financial support her family.

She added donor agencies had done nothing so far for promotion of women’s handicrafts in the province.

Gul Jan, resident of Zaranj City, said market for such cloths has been good since the past and he daily sold more four dresses.

He said the price of these dresses ranged from 3,000 to 20,000, although mechanic or computerized sewed cloths are also available in the market but people preferred hand sewing dresses.


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