WHAT DID THE PERSIANS WEAR?
Persians preferred to mix colorful floral designs with solid or striped fabrics in their clothing. Fashions made of cotton, wool, linen, and silk dyed in earth tones soon gave way to vibrantly colored material brought in from faraway markets. Both women and men wore loose drawstring pants called sherwals. For the wealthy, the sherwal was made looser and wider in design. Women’s sherwals were tapered at the ankle.
Over their sherwals, women would wear draped gowns with a colorful sash tied at the hip. Men wore tunics to their knees with a sash tied around the waist. These sashes provided a place to carry a knife or moneybag. Tunics could vary in length, with sleeves that were wide, narrow, or long, but they all shared a common feature–the Persians’ love of bright colors.
Royalty draped themselves with gold necklaces strung with carnelians, emeralds, jasper, and amethyst. Their earrings were studded with turquoise and lapis lazuli. Common people could not have afforded precious metals and stones, but craftsmen provided intricate designs in jewelry for them as well.