Tajikistan steps up use of traditional over Islamic clothing

Author: Akbar Borisov, with Christopher Rickleton in Almaty | AFPTue, 2017-04-04 12:20ID: 1491276886367313700
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan : Clothing factories in Tajikistan are churning out brightly colored national dresses amid a surge in sales, and it’s not just because of the arrival of spring.
An increasing number of female officials, teachers and students have been wearing the Atlas and other traditional dresses following a recommendation by the Central Asian country’s government.
“The Atlas will never go out of fashion,” said Nasiba Anvarova, who owns a dress boutique in the capital Dushanbe, referring to a popular, dye-streaked style of dress.Main category: WorldTags: TajikistanDushanbeAtlas dressEmomali RakhmonIslamic dressHarriman Institute of Columbia UniversityhijabIslamic extremism

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