Kurdish Boys' Clothes

Figure 1.--This Prokudin-Gorskii photograph shows a Kurdish family about 1910. The Kurds at the time ingabited an area encompassing modern Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Azerbaijan. Azernaigan was at the time part of the Tsarust Empire. We are not sure precisely whre this photograph was taken. Thecfamily looks to be a nomadic hearding family.

HBC at this time has very little information on Kurdish boys' wear. The Kurds are most noted for the long baggy pants that men wear. Hopefully Kurdish readers will provide us more details about Kurdish clothing. The Kurds are a people without a country. Her we have created a page on Kurdistan, even though we have little information on Kurdish clothing. A basic knowledge of the Kurds and their lack of a country is important in understanding both Iraq and the Middle East in general.

Kurdish Clothing

Kurdish men like many in the Levant often wear a long gown. While this is not destinctly Kurdish, the long baggy pants which they commonly war is Kurdish. I'm not sure what the coimmoin term is for these garments. There does not appear to be any destinct styles for Kurdish boys to identigy them as children. Western dress is common in Kurdistan, but boys are more likely to wear Western dress. I am not sure why this is.

Kurdish History

The Kurds are a non-Arab ethnic group living in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and the former Soviet Union (Armenia and Azerbijan). Most Kurds are at least nominally Sunni Moslems. They speak an Indo-Germanic language quite destincr from both Turkish and Arabic. The Kurds were ruled for centuries as part of the Ottomon Empire. The British promissed their own country during World War I. After the War, however, this did not occur. Winston Churchill, who at the time was Colonial Secretary, had wanted to create a Kurdish, but was persuaded by Colonial Office officials not to do so. Instead the Kurds were divided between Turkey, Persia (Iran), and Iraq with disastrous consequences for the Kurdish people.

Kurdish Dance

A circular folk dance is one of the important traditional Kurdish dance. Both men and women can dance, but often separately. Women often dress up at weddings to dance and hopefully attract the interest of men present. If interest is shown, the man's mother or other female relatives contact the unmariied woman;s family. Men also dress up and dance in a faster motion thann the women with extensive body movement and sometimesthrilled verbal expressions. There are also mixed dances, but this often is for married men and women only. I am not sure to what extent children participate in Kurdish traditionalm dances. One source reports that children often imitate adults by dancing with them. They may either hold hands at the end of the dance line or dance in front of adult performers.

Kurdish Schools

The Kurds during the 1960s autonomy gained the right to use the Kurdish language. Books from the first to the twelfth grade were published in the Turkish language and classes were taught in Kurdish. There were also magazines and a newspapers published in Kurdish. As a result, writers, poets, intellectuals started publishing Kurdish literature, books and translating foreign books into Kurdish language. There was even a Television channal in Kurdish, and a radio station for Kurds. With Kurdish was permitted, the content was sevely sensored by the Iraqi governments decisions. The Iraqis, however, begin to limit its toleration and to back down from offers of full autonomy. When Saddam Hussein became Iraqi president in 1979, he reversed all the educational and cultural rights for Iraqi Kurds. The renewed teaching of schools in Kurdish has became possible once again in the 1990s under the protection of the U.N. no-fly zone.

Unknown Images

HBC is a world-wide website. Most of our site is devoted to America and Europe because this is where we have found most of our images. We are interested in other areas as well, although we often do not understand some of the African and Asian images. Our knowledge of many of these countries is limited. Here we have some Kurdish images which we do not understand. Perhps readers will be able to tell us something about these images. For us HNC is often a learning experience. We note one image which may be some kind of ethnic or cult outfit.


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Created: April 9, 2003
Last updated: 10:42 PM 12/15/2012