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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Clothing

The traditional clothing worn in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa varies according to the area of the region. The following outfits are generally worn in the area.
Khat partug
The traditional clothing for the lower region is the khat partug which is a shalwar kameez combination and is worn by men and women. The khat (also called khattaki or in Marwat Pashtu, kamis) is the shirt which fits closely to the body to the waist and then flares out, either to the knees, or in the case of women, to the ankles. The khat worn by women can be elaborately embroidered at the neck with needle work.
The partug (also called pardig) is a loose shalwar which has many folds and is loosely brought together at the ankles. Men also wear a turban and a scarf (called patkai), while women wear a head scarf.
Firaq partug
The female khat is also known as the firaq which forms the firaq partug outfit. The female khat is of two types : the jalana khat and the giradana khat. The jalana khat is worn by unmarried women which is loose and traditionally of print design. The giradana khat is worn by married women and is of dark colours, especially red. The female khat has many pleats. The styles are of the type also worn in Afghanistan.
Perahan tunban
Perahan tunban is male dress worn in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and eastern Afghanistan. The perahan tunban version of the shalwar kameez is made up of the perahan (the top) which is wide and loose with the sleeves also worn loose and pendent from the arms. The perahan worn in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa generally falls to the knees. The traditional perahan buttons on either shoulder, is collarless and is meant to be loose. Further, the traditional perahan is wide but fits closer to the body down to the waist and then is loose and full down to the knees (thereby flaring out). However, modern versions open to the front.
The tunban (lower garment) is worn loose and hanging. Some versions of the tunban have the ample folds gathered into plaits at the lower part of the legs, below the knees to the ankles and the loose part above overhangs in loops. The tunban therefore uses a lot of material so that it gathers around the waist and folds around the legs. Modern versions are less voluminous.