In the mid-20th century, the everyday attire of the Jewish women of Herat differed from that of Muslim women only in their street wear. When they left the house, Jewish women wrapped themselves with a black chader and hid their faces behind a white netted and embroidered veil, while Muslim women covered themselves with a wide, colorful one-piece wrap (chader burkah) that hid their bodies from head to toe, with only a netted opening for the eyes.

Credit: Purchased through the gift of Charlotte and Dr. Willy Reber, Valbella, Switzerland


  • Title: Afghan woman's street wear
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Mid-20th century
  • Location: Herat
  • Type: Veil
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Mauro Magliani
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Wrap (chader): Cotton Veil (ru-band): Cotton, netted silk-thread embroidery
  • Curator: Curators: Bar'am-Ben Yossef, No'am; Assaf-Shapira, Efrat

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