Sawabi Chail is the best headgear as it covers contours of a woman and shows her as the most dignified. It is still a symbol of modesty and resistance
The Sawabi Shawl (Chail) has associated some historical significance in the culture of Swabi as local intellectual says that Yousufzai fought against the Sikh army at Shahmansoor, Sawabi during the 1800’s. After the battle ended, the women covered bodies of their martyred men with their shawls as the red blood left smudges on those shawls (Chail). So from that day till now, women of Swabi use Chail with red dots.
There were five different kinds of ‘Chail’ worn by Swabi women, including Surgulai (red-spotted), Turgulai (black spotted), Punjpir, Daal and Dwagiwal. “The variation of colors and composition are very important as main features in its design.
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