Perhaps, the most noticeable sign of Islamic leaning in Iran is the conservative dress expected of its citizens. In spite of being allowed to wear normal Western style clothing in private homes, women are demanded to wear clothes that cover everything bud face, hands and feet.
Wearing a headscarf that is a square piece of cloth is the most common way to cover your head and neck. A knee-length gown known as Manto and a long dress or pair of pants. People are expected to dress even more modestly in and around holy sites. Chador, a full-length swathe of black cloth designed to cloak everything but your face from view, is the type of clothing that must be worn at these places.
It is going to be slightly easier when it comes to men’s cloths. They are allowed to wear Short-sleeved shirts and t-shirts and they are acceptable for daily wear. Shorts and three-quarter length pants are only acceptable on the beach.
Visiting holy sites
Although the main reason to travel to Iran is to see the adorable architecture and grave environments of its mosques or holy shrines, many travelers feel insecure when they want to walk into the foreign world of a mosque. Do not let these fears stop you, Iranians are welcoming and will understand any unintended breach of protocol.
Although this is not obligatory, it is better for men to wear long-sleeved shirts inside a mosque or shrine. Women, on the other hand, are required to wear Chador in some of the mosques and almost all holy shrines before entering the complex. There are sometimes kiosks by the door that lend or hire chādors in case you don’t have one.
Shoes are not worn within prayer areas of a mosque or shrine. Busier mosques have free shoe repositories where you trade your shoes for a token.
As everybody knows, the population of Iran as a multi-ethnic and multicultural society has dispersed in various parts of the country, from north to south and west to east.
Although the majority of people in Iran are Persian, there are different ethnic groups in the country with their own language, tradition, costumes and clothes.
Due to the diversity of Iranian ethnicity, Iranian people both men and women wear embroidered designs and colorful patterns.
Traveling to Iran a wide range of clothes to you belonging to different cities or cultures in order to show the wonderful Persian heritage, a prodigious beauty that penetrates your soul. Clothing has been a vital issue from ancient era until now. It is worth mentioning that religious belief has a direct effect on choosing the type of clothes especially in villages of Iran.
Traditional dress is a good reflection of history and costume which is still worn among different ethics. Although after the revolution of Iran, women are forced to wear loose-fitting dresses along with a head covering, still a variety of clothes is seen especially in villages and a great number of Iranian women are eager to follow fashion mainly in big cities like Tehran. Sophisticated and fabulous clothes are integral part of dressing among Iranian women as if they dream of being seen beautiful and charming in order to fulfill their desires.
Let’s have a review on Iranian clothes in order to immerse in the amazing beauty of dressing in Iran:
The most significant characteristic of Kurdistan clothes, is its color from top to bottom. The dress usually includes colorful designs of a long dress or gown, over which a vest or jacket is worn with colorful pants and belts or colorful shoes embroidered with stones or beads.
Jewelry is very common there and all women are enthusiastic to wear accessories regardless of their age.
In Kurdish tribes, although elderly women prefer wearing dark clothes more in comparison with the younger ones, wearing bright colored traditional gowns and dresses is very popular among younger women.
People of North of Iran, as one of the most attractive tourist destinations of Iran, benefit from a huge cultural background. this region is really beautiful and outstanding in all four seasons. In the spring, you absorb the aroma of blossoms in different colors, mild breeze touches your skin as you dream of staying for a long time at the bench of Caspian Sea. In autumn just immerse in amazing beauty of colorful trees and pleasant mind breeze.
The province of Gilan is a well-known province in north of Iran that has been named as the green province by some. Women there do not like to wear black clothes just because of the scenic beauty of nature.
Sometimes, even in a funeral ceremony in north of Iran, women are eager to wear black clothes and they prefer wearing ragged costumes in order to show their sorrow.
The main clothes of Gilak women are Chadorkamar, Shaliteh, skirt, trouser,coat, robe (Kutah-Tuman),scarf, Lachak and short skin (Gerd-e Tuman).
“Lachak” is another famous clothes that is a headdress like a hat, worn by old women.
The people on the shores of Persian Gulf wear distinctive types of dress concerning three provinces named; Khuzestan, Hormozgan and Bushehr.
Women’s clothing consists of dress, head covering, trousers and shoes.
Black scarf of thin silk wrapped round the head and fastened on the top with a metal pin is a common place head covering among women.
Some of women in south of Iran usually cover their face and it is completely different with the culture of people in the north of Iran.
Women in south of Iran are used to color their hands, it is famous as Hana in Persian and Arab culture. Then you can see a similarity between two cultures.
Men usually wear a kind of white or colored cap, and a cloth which is 2 meters long cloth is wrapped around the waist. Older men usually put on the white cap, while the colored ones are preferred by younger men.
There is a wide range of shoes to traditionally choose from which is very common in southern cities of Iran such as Harza, malaki and Jufi.