I make my own patterns and i am wiling to share them, as i do in classes i teach.

Unfortunately I haven't gotten around to making graphics of them.

Fortunately, Master Rashid, who lives in the East Kingdom, has patterns for 16th century Persian clothing and they are quite similar to mine.

Unfortunately, he posted his on the site for the sca-persian mailing list, which is accessible only to list members.

Fortunately Rashid has given my his gracious permission to make them available here in Dar Anahita, so that people not on that e-mail list can have access to them.


Now, Dar Anahita is honored to present

Rashid's Persian Patterns


Pirihan is the basic "undershirt" worn by men and women. Women's are long -- mid-calf to ankle length. Men's can be short -- knee to mid-thigh length, but it is probable that in a formal situation a man wore long pirihan.

Salwar are the pants worn by men and women. I am not certain of the Persian, but in Turkish this is pronounced "shal-var". Salwar are wide at the top with the legs tapering to narrow ankles. The style worn by Persians is virtually the same as that worn by the ruling Mamluks in Egypt and the Levant and by the Ottomans.

  • Salwar - based on 16th c. Persian paintings and extant Ottoman garments.

The Persian Coat: Over the pirihan and salwar a Persian man or woman wore several layers of garments, at least two, but often more. Few have survived and it is difficult to tell from paintings whether all of them open in the front or whether one or two of the innermost layers pull on over the head like the pirihan.

In many cases, the men's and women's garments are virtually the same: in paintings the nobles generally were the same fabric patterns and colors. Women always wear long garments, the length can vary from pooling on the floor to mid-calf for a top-most layer. Men in paintings tend to wear similar ankle length garments. Workmen, some military, and many male horse riders, however, wear shorter, knee-length garments.

There is also a garment that fastens in the front on the side, rather than in the center. In 15th century art, both men and women wear this style. In the 16th century, however, only men are depicted wearing it.

Accessories, what outfit is complete without them. Rashid does not have patterns, but he has some useful drawings.


For comparison, i used to recommend Duchess Roxane Farabi's site with her research on 16th century Persian clothing, but she took it down. She included her versions of patterns for the garments and hats.

Some Persian clothing information is available at the SCA Persian University. Stuff here is from Roxane Farabi, Rozalynd of Thornabee on Tees, Ghadah Falak Noor bint Safi 'Abdu'llah, and others.

Additional information can be found on the website of Mistress Safia al-Khansaa', who sometimes sells Ottoman and Persian inspired ceramics at Pennsic. Some stuff here is also from Roxane Farabi.

For shoes, I. Marc Carlson has several Middle Eastern shoe patterns on his website, Footwear of the Middle Ages. Note that these are for the most part, men's, except the Khuff, which appears to have been worn by women as well.


Text on this page by Anahita. All patterns in this section by Rashid - copyright Charles Mellor.


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