The Kuchi Afghan ceremonial wedding dress is a special one. The founder of ZAZI came across these gems during her travels in India. Now rarely seen in Afghanistan, these dresses used to belong to the Kuchi tribe.
Kuchi, an Afghan Persian word meaning ‘those who go on migrations’, is the common used word to define the nomads of the desert in Afghanistan.
When a woman of the Kuchi tribe got married, she wore one of these dresses combined with a Chador (head scarf) and tun ban (pants). Just one of these dresses takes about 4 to 6 months of handwork. The dense embroidery of the dresses arranging from heavy woven beadwork to special stitched coins that they found on their journey to the border of Pakistan combined with the rich materials of Silk, velvet and lighter woven work, make the dress a very special one.
Unfortunately the position of women now in Afghanistan is far from good. Pressured by the regime they lead a life under the radar. ZAZI hopes to celebrate the beauty of the
Zazi wants to thank Stefan Dotter as the creative director and photographer of Chapter 1, Nina Hoelzl for joining the Zazi Team and Maarten de Kroon for his incredible support.
Models: Nina Hoelzl , Shannon May Powell, Folka Matthes
Afghan women by letting these dresses been seen somewhere and hopes to collaborate in the future with local women there.