A Traditional Kurdish Dress!


Dr. Jaff and His Family

Dr. Jaff and Family

Dr. Jaff and Family

Last Thursday our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club had the unique pleasure of hearing from Dr. Dilshad Jaff, a Rotary Peace Fellow Scholar who is studying here in the USA at the Duke-UNC Rotary Center for International Studies.  Dr. Jaff and his lovely wife, Suzan, and their daughter, Yasna, came to the US earlier this summer and are staying in Carrboro, NC.  A few weeks ago, in late September, we had an off-site Rotary Club meeting at Life Experiences and got to meet Dr. Jaff and his family (and also did a surprise birthday party for Dr. Jaff!!) I really enjoyed meeting them and Yasna had fun playing with all of the other Cary-Kildaire Rotary kids.


Traditional Kurdish dress

Traditional Kurdish dress

Last Thursday Dr. Jaff shared with our club about his work with the International Committee of the Red Cross and Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.  His presentation was really interesting and included lots of before and after slides of different medical clinics in the Middle East.  I really enjoyed hearing Suzan speak about her traditional Kurdish dress; oh my it was soooooo lovely!  She came to the front so we could all see her lovely black and red print dress.  The traditional Kurdish dress is an ongoing part of the Kurdish heritage and has never gone out of fashion.  They dresses are for everyday wear and not reserved only for holidays. The outfit usually includes a vest or long-sleeved jacket worn over the gown (Suzan had on a bright red sequenced vest).  An underdress and puffy pants is worn underneath the dress.


Awesome shoes!!!

Awesome shoes!!!

Suzan had on black puffy pants that were very sparkly!  She also had on a really neat accessory headpiece and lots of jewelry!  It was really special for her to dress this way and come to visit our club!  Thanks so much Suzan for sharing part of your Kurdish heritage with us!  We also enjoyed hearing Dr. Jaff give his presentation and we look forward to seeing more of them during their time here in the USA.



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