cushma (Tunic)

About this object

History of use

The cushma has been noted in the region since 1767. It is usually a man's garment. Clothing has traditionally been reserved for special occasions. With the introduction of Western-style clothes, traditional garments are worn even less frequently.

Physical description

Poncho style tunic made of two square pieces of dark brown fabric sewn together at the sides. A small area is open for the arms; there is a slit opening for the neck. The panels are decorated with a black design mirrored on either panel. The sides are detailed with a finer pattern also symmetrical around the seam.