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Former President Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan, wearing a chapan and karakul

Chapan or chopon[1] (Persian: چپان; Kyrgyz: Чапан; Kazakh: Шапан, romanized: Şapan; Uzbek: Чопон, romanized: Chopon) is a coat worn over clothes, usually during the cold winter months. Usually worn by men, these coats are adorned with intricate threading and come in a variety of colors and patterns. It is worn in Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.[2] A chapan cape was often worn by former Afghan president Hamid Karzai.

The etymology of the term is believed to derive either from the Persian chapān, which means 'old', 'threadbare' and 'run-down costume'; or the Chagatai chāpān, itself derived from the Persian jobbe, from the Arabic jubba meaning 'wrapper', 'cloak', 'coat' or 'outer garment'.

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  1. ^ Davlatova, Khakima (28 May 2021). "Man's Traditional Clothes of in the Jizzakh Oasis". International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Analysis. 04 (05). doi:10.47191/ijmra/v4-i5-26.
  2. ^ Van Buren, Jessica (24 November 2010). "Karzai Robe". Utah State Law Library. Archived from the original on 12 October 2019.