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Iraqi Dress

Ulrike Al-Khamis and Saad Lafta Hami

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia 2010

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Iraq is one of the largest countries in southwestern Asia. It is bordered by Iran to the east, Turkey to the north, Syria and Jordan to the west, and Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to the south. Iraq’s capital is Baghdad. Geographically, the country combines three distinct regions: fertile mountain regions in the north, the rich alluvial valleys of the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers, and expansive, arid desert plains in the west. Both the terrain and the bordering countries have had an influence on dress.

Kurdish Dress

Layla Yousif Pio

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia 2010

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Kurdistan is located in central Southwest Asia and covers an area of approximately 151,350 square miles (392,000 square kilometers) incorporated into parts of eastern Turkey, northwestern Iran, northern Iraq, northern Syria, and the former Soviet Union. There are also two large Kurdish enclaves in central and north-central Anatolia in Turkey and in the province of Khorassan in northeast Iran. The Kurds remain the largest ethnic population in the world without an autonomous independent state of th

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