The Mazari cap (Dari: کلاه مزاری) or Pashteen hat (Pashto: د پښتين خولۍ) is a red-and-black-patterned hat originating from the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan, which is worn in parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.[1]

Originally associated with the Uzbeks of Afghanistan,[2] the hat gained popularity among many Pashtuns after 2018 because of the rise to prominence of Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, the leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), who often wears it. The hat became a symbol of PTM, Afghan nationalism and Pashtun nationalism.[3]

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  1. ^ Shah, Sadia Qasim (7 April 2018). "Mazari red cap orders increase ahead of PTM meet". Dawn. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  2. ^ "'National Uzbek Language Day' Marked in Kabul". TOLOnews. 21 October 2023. Retrieved 2023-10-21.
  3. ^ Alikozai, Hasib Danish (6 April 2018). "Hats Proliferate as Symbol of Pashtun Protest Movement". Voice of America. Retrieved 16 May 2018.