Book Code: 464 / Major: Art ,

A History of Iranian Clothing: from the Beginning of Islam to the Mongol Attack

Author: Mohammad Reza Chitsaz, PhD
Number of Pages: 632
Third Print: 2012 Published: 1998

The joint publication of SAMT organization and the Centre of Research and Studies and Evaluation of Programs of IRIB One of the most visual and vivacious examples of a societys cultural life is the sort of clothing they use. Familiarity with the history of clothing in Iran not only provides us with an image of people living in different eras, but also gives information on tastes, design and colors of different clothes, texture of different fabrics, import and export and cost of them and receiving influence and imitating other regions clothing, association of certain type of clothing with a definite social class and also about the process of transformation of clothes. Due to the vastness of its subject matter, the history of Iranian clothing needs to be studied in three different historical phases.

The first phase: clothing in Iran from ancient times to the Sassanid period which includes the clothing of civilizations before the Aryans in Iran like the Elamites, the Lulueis, the Guties, and the Aryan clothing such as that of the Medians, Achaemenians, the Seleucids, the Ashkanids, and the Samanids.

The second phase: clothing in Iran from the inception of Islam to the end of the Zandi dynasty,(clothing in Islamic Iran).

The third phase: clothing in Iran from the time of the Qajarids to the present.

This book explores the second phase that is clothing in Iran from the inception of Islam to the end of the Zandi dynasty.

First, in an introductory part, Sassanid clothing is discussed. Then, the book, in three chapters, discusses the following topics consecutively: the first chapter deals with Arabic-Iranian” clothing. In this part the clothing of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and the caliphates (from the Rashedin Caliphates to the end of the Ummayids, 11-132 AH) are studied. In the second chapter, Iranian-Arabicclothing is addressed. In this chapter clothing during the Abbasid caliphates (132-656 AH) and the Iranian rulers (205-447 AH) is covered. In the third chapter the subject of Iranian-Turkishclothing is discussed.

The book includes colorful and black and white images, along with maps.

There are images, index of clothing and Farsi-Arabic references at the back of the book.

The present book is compiled for students of art such as directorship and drama; it is also useful for students of history and archeology as a textbook for a course in "Designing Clothes and the History of Clothing".

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