Black rectangular woman's ‘horsehair’ veil, or chachvan: a coarse gauze cloth three sides of which are bordered by three rows of undulating stitching, and the fourth side of which is bordered by a band of black and white rhomboids. A button fastening is attached to a corner on the opposite side to the black and white rhomboid border. A ‘horsehair’ veil may well be made of horse or even human hair, but horsehair is also the term used to denote any veil in this coarse gauze style. (See 1999.14)

worn hanging over the face, neck and upper part of body, in combination with the paranja, a cloak covering the head and shoulders, and reaching to the ankles

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