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It is a complex reality where local traditions and Western fashion mix. While the latter has deeply influenced Arab countries, it is still possible to spot some traditional garments. In this guide we will first deal with some of the most common stereotypes about Arabs and clothing, then consider the traditional garments worn in different countries, starting from Morocco down to Oman and understand how the concept of “modest dress” drastically changes from one country to another within the region.

Finally, you will have the opportunity to test how much you remember about Arab clothes with a quick quiz. If white robes and black veils are the only things that pop in your mind when you think about Middle Eastern clothes, then you should really read on… DETERMINING FACTORS: AGE, LOCATION AND SOCIAL CLASS Age and location make a big difference when it comes to clothing in the Middle East. On the one hand, younger people tend to wear Western clothes and use their traditional outfits only for special occasions such as weddings, religious celebrations or a pilgrimage, while the older generations are more easily seen with traditional garments.

On the other hand, people living in the cities are more attentive to the latest fashion trends, while in smaller towns and rural contexts men and women still prefer traditional attires because of their comfort and the protection they offer from the sun, the wind and the sand.

A third factor could be social class. On the one hand, designer clothes from the West are very popular among the middle and upper class, arabian fashion traditional garments and more conservative attires might be more easily found in popular neighbourhoods. While this could be true for certain countries in the Levant and North Africa, the criteria most definitely change for Gulf countries where all women and men wear similar clothes and it is actually the quality and design of the abaya, an expensive bag, or a pair of sunglasses to reveal the social class of the wearer.

STEREOTYPES Before analyzing which clothes belong to which country we must clarify some general misconceptions related to Middle Eastern clothing, as well as introducing the basic terms of Arab fashion. 1) All Arab women wear hijab. NO. This statement is wrong for two main reasons: a. some Muslim women decide to wear a hijab and some let their hair uncovered b. some Arab women are Christian or Jewish and thus might not follow the same clothing rules 2) The hijab is a headscarf.

YES. The term hijab is commonly used to refer to the headscarf worn by many Muslim women. But the word hijab does not only refer to the short veil wrapped around a woman’s head. Hijab is in fact also a general term for modest attires which include head covering. 3) There is only one kind of veil. NO. The term veil includes a notable variety of headgears which come in a multitude of shapes, lengths, and fabrics. There are different kinds of veils and women wear them not only as a religious or cultural sign of belonging to a certain society, but also consider them an important fashion statement.

Hijabs have different styles and colours and women wearing a hijab (muhajjabat in Arabic) are always up to date with the latest trends, just as Western women know whether an item is out-dated or not. A clear instance of how hijab fashion changes and evolves is the so-called “Gamboo’a”, literally “Camel hump”.

It was arabian fashion fashionable around 2008 when women sported voluminous hijabs using a clip with a huge plastic flower (the gamboo’a) under the headscarf.

It soon became very popular, especially in the trendsetter country of the region: the UAE. However, by 2011 it was already considered out of fashion. Here are the four main types of hijabs: Photo credit: Faizal Riza MOHD RAF 1. SHAYLA: it is a one-piece veil. A long scarf that is wrapped around the head, pinned under the chin and gently rests on arabian fashion shoulders.

It is usually worn on top of a cap of a matching colour, which helps to keep the hijab in place. The rim of the cap may or may not be shown according to the woman’s preference. It is the most common kind of hijab, particularly in the Gulf countries (with the exception of Saudi Arabia) Photo credit: Faizal Riza MOHD RAF 2. AL-AMIRA: a two-piece veil.

It is very easy to arabian fashion and it is made of a head cap and a tubular scarf worn on top of it. The main difference between Shayla arabian fashion Al-Amira is the shape of the scarf (rectangular for the shayla, tubular for the al-amira) and the head cap (hidden or only slightly visible in the former, while a big portion is left exposed in the latter) It can be seen in the Middle East, even though it is particularly widespread in the South East Asian Muslim community.

Photo credit: POTIER Jean-Louis 3. NIQAB: a face veil which is usually worn with a headscarf and tied behind the head. It leaves a gap for the eyes only, even though some women add an eye veil which allows them to see without revealing their eyes. It is not unusual to see a niqab in North Africa or the Levant, but it is most commonly used in Saudi Arabia Photo credit: Riccardo Romano 4.

KHIMAR: is a long veil that covers the head and the arabian fashion till the waist. The face is left uncovered. It is not as popular as the previous types of head covering; still, some women wear it in their daily life. Photo credit: J McDowell 4) Some Arab women wear a burqa. NO, generally speaking. This is an item characteristic of Pakistan and Afghanistan and was imposed by the Taliban and it is not paramount in the Arab world, even though some countries such as Yemen have their own version of the burqa (or burghaa) which differs from the Afghan one.

It is not to be confused with the niqab, which is indeed commonly used in the Middle East. The differences: • The niqab is usually black and merely a face veil, the burqa is mostly light blue in colour and covers the whole body • The niqab usually leaves the eyes uncovered, while the burqa has a net over them Photo credit:Tribes of the World 5) All Arab men wear a long, white robe and a coloured headscarf.

NO. Only men in the Gulf are used to daily wear the headscarf and the white robe. The headscarf ( ghuthrain the Gulf, keffiah in the Levant) is tied on the head with a black piece of cord ( aghal) and is used with a skullcap called thagiyah which keeps the hair in place. The white robe, called thoub/thobe, dishdasha or kandora, is the main item of clothing for Gulf men and is generally worn with a pair of loose-fitting trousers called sirwal, either long or short.

While the keffiah is also used in Palestine and Jordan, the dishdasha remains the landmark of Gulf men’s fashion. A POLL TO GIVE US A GENERAL OVERVIEW Among one of the most interesting surveys about clothes ever conducted in the region is the following one, conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. It shows how the perception of decency and modest clothing dramatically changes from one country to the other within the Middle East.

Most of the arabian fashion we will see how these opinions are then reflected in the way Arabs dress. For example, it is indeed true that many women in Lebanon do not cover their hair, on the contrary, the majority of women in Saudi Arabia wear a niqab. You find further information about the poll here: http://pewrsr.ch/KEyUvb DIFFERENT FOLKS, DIFFERENT STROKES Now that we have some basic vocabulary related to men’s and women’s fashion in the Arab world, it is arabian fashion to see what their attire can tell us about the country of origin and, in some cases, their social class, too.

We can identify 4 main areas when it comes to clothes: North Africa, the Levant, the Gulf, and finally, Sudan. NORTH AFRICA Walking through the streets of Rabat or Tunis we see many men and women donning Western clothes. So how can we tell if they are actually Moroccan or Tunisian, only by the way they are dressed? It is arabian fashion quite straightforward once we identify those robes or head gears that are unique to that country.

Morocco Many Moroccans still wear the djellaba, a wide and comfortable hooded tunic with long sleeves which can be considered as a part of the national heritage. They are more colourful for women, while they are made in earth tones for men. Moroccans might accompany the tunic with the traditional slippers called balgha, which come mostly in yellow, but other colours are used, too. MORROCAN WOMEN’S CLOTHING Kaftan: an overdress similar to the djellaba but without a hood.

It is usually worn on festive occasions or weddings, it is not used in daily life. A kaftan. Photo credit: Alice MOROCCAN MEN’S CLOTHING Gandora: a short-sleeved robe, lighter than the djellaba An example of djellaba. Photo credit: ukg.photographer Tunisia Spotting a traditional outfit in Tunisia may be quite challenging, especially in the cities. But a trip to the medina in Tunis or attending a marriage could give you a chance to admire the beauty of Tunisian traditional clothes.

The two most representative items are: TUNISIAN WOMEN’S CLOTHING Sefsari: while it is rarely worn, there are indeed some elderly women that still use this long, white veil. Head for the old part of Tunis if you want arabian fashion see one TUNISIAN MEN’S CLOTHING Chachia: some arabian fashion men still wear this flat red hat made of wool. It is a symbol of the Tunisian traditions Old woman wearing a sefsari in Tunis. Photo credit: Nevenka Mazic Old man wearing the chechia, Tunis.

Photo credit: Andrea Nardi Algeria Much like Tunisia, Algeria has also been heavily influenced by the West when it comes to clothes, thus seeing a typical Algerian attire might be difficult. Elderly men and women are most likely to wear these two typical items of clothing: ALGERIAN WOMEN’S CLOTHING Karakou: Algerian women love colours and embroideries.

This traditional embroidered arabian fashion has made its big return on the Algerian fashion scene and is now used on important occasions and weddings. ALGERIAN MEN’S CLOTHING Gandora: it is typical of Algeria too, but usually made of brown or white wool Woman wearing the Algerian karakou Algerian men wearing gandora,1955 Photo credit: Nejma Rondeleux Photo credit: phlubdr Libya Young Libyans normally don jeans and t-shirts. However, it is sufficient to leave the city and approach the rural areas inhabited by the Berbers arabian fashion see the original Libyan attire.

LIBYAN WOMEN’S CLOTHING Haik: this veil, almost forgotten in Algeria, is still worn by some Libyan Berber women, as well as Moroccan. It is a long white piece of cloth which covers the whole body Holi:a white cloak wrapped around the body, usually worn with the tagiyah A Libyan woman wearing a haik in Tripoli A Libyan Touareg donning a holi Photo credit: C.

Mario del Río Photo credit: David Stanley Egypt Walking through Cairo means observing a wide range arabian fashion clothes and attires: from women wearing a niqab, through hijabi girls and up to ladies who don’t cover their arabian fashion at all.

Men’s clothing doesn’t tend to be as arabian fashion since polo shirts and jeans are worn by most male Egyptians. This notwithstanding, the inhabitants of some peripheral area of Cairo, as well as the great majority of the so called fellahin (farmers) still prefer more traditional and airy attires. EGYPTIAN WOMEN’S CLOTHING Gallabya: much like the djellaba and the gandoura, the gallabya is also a long tunic without buttons or a proper neck.

It comes in colourful and embroidered variations for women and in neutral colours for men. EGYPTIAN MEN’S CLOTHING Taqiya: this skullcap is usually worn under the ghuthra (men’s headscarf) in the Gulf and the Levant as well. The particularity of Egypt is that some men were this cap on its own Egyptian sailor wearing a gallabiya Man in Cairo donning gallabiya and taqiya.

Photo credit: Mindy McAdams Photo credit: Héctor de Pereda THE LEVANT Similarly to the countries in the Maghreb, Western clothes are predominant also in the Levant, especially in big cities such as Beirut or Damascus.

However, there are also many local garments and attires that can be seen in the cities themselves, as well as the countryside. We have shown that all the countries in al-Maghreb have some items of clothing in common such as the gandura or the barnous, a hooded djellaba. The same is true for the Levant. Nonetheless, there are always some particular headgears or tunics which are unique to a certain country. Jordan Arabian fashion, hijab, jilbab, jeans, t-shirts, khimar: these are only a part of the vast array of clothes worn by Jordanians.

While in the western part of the capital Amman, Western-style clothes are widespread; it is common to see more traditional and conservative attires in the area of downtown and eastern Amman, as well as in smaller towns. The following garment is a symbol of the Jordanian heritage and values: JORDANIAN MEN’S CLOTHING Shemagh mhadab: this red checked keffieh is widespread in the Gulf, too, especially in Saudi Arabia.

It is the colour that is typical of Jordan as it stands for the values of the Bedouin culture: the bigger the tassels, the higher the importance of the wearer. Man sporting the traditional keffieh in Amman.

Photo credit: Steve Evans Palestine Like Jordan the beauty of traditional Palestinian clothes has almost been forgotten, as most people in cities such as Ramallah or Jerusalem wear jeans and t-shirts if they are men; jilbabs, Western clothes and hijab if women.

However, there is one headgear which has come to represent this country, especially thanks to Yasser Arafat: PALESTINIAN MEN’S CLOTHING Black and white keffieh: this colour pattern has always been unique to Palestine and it even became a fashionable item in America and Europe in the early 2000s.

Nowadays it still represents support for the Palestinian cause Old man wearing the Palestinian keffieh in Gaza.

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Photo credit: Grassroots International Lebanon Among all the Arab countries Lebanon probably deserves the title of most arabian fashion and stylish. A large number of women decide not to wear a hijab, especially in the capital Beirut. Arabian fashion your luck and see if you can spot some Lebanese still wearing this traditional garment: LEBANESE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CLOTHING Sherwal: these baggy and comfortable trousers are also commonly seen in the Gulf under a dishdasha.

They are one of the few traditional garments still worn by some Lebanese countrymen. They are used on their own, no thobe needed. They have also been recently reinvented in a more fashionable female version. Example of modern-day sherwal. Photo credit: RE-act Atelier Boutique Nantes Syria Much like the other Levantinian countries, Syria has seen more and more men and women opting for Western-style clothes.

The majority of women wear a hijab and some sport a jilbab or even an abaya and niqab, while some older men can still be seen with keffieh and long tunics. Traditional clothes were once famous for the quality of their fabrics and the beauty of their embroideries, often in black and red.

However, they have basically disappeared from urban areas and are worn in the countryside only on special occasions. SYRIAN WOMEN’S CLOTHING Thob: differently from the Gulf, this is considered a female garment in Syria. It is dyed black and red and often accompanied by a belt of the same color SYRIAN MEN’S CLOTHING Sirwal: just like Lebanon, these trousers cannot miss from any traditional attire.

They are long, loose and come in black or neutral colours Jordanian and Syrian thobes share the same colours: red and black. A group of Syrian men wearing their traditional clothes Photo credit: Ruby Goes Photo credit: Arian Zwegers THE GULF When it comes to the Gulf it is pretty easy to spot its citizens as, differently from most other countries in the region, they have kept wearing their traditional clothes. All men in the Gulf usually use a long, white tunic called dishdasha which helps keep the body cool in the heat of the region.

This tunic is usually worn with short sherwal trousers and a ghuthra, alight, white headscarf or the keffieh, in the colder season.

Women wear wide, long robes called abayas, usually in association with a shayla hijab that shows some arabian fashion and a niqab. Even if the thobes for the men and the abaya for the women may seem the same everywhere in the region, there are actually some small details that allow us to understand whether we are talking to a Qatari, a Kuwaiti or an Omani. Some have commented that the loose-fitting nature of the abaya and the dishdasha make it easier to put on excess weight without it noticing it.

As fast food in the region has increased, obesity has become a arabian fashion issue leading some to seek out procedures like gastric sleeve surgery to address the issue. Though no one likely goes from healthy to obese without noticing it, it is likely that loose-fitting clothing makes the consequences of gaining a few extra kilos less visible.

Saudi Arabia Saudi men and women have kept wearing their traditional items of clothing and adherence to the moderate Islamic dress for both sexes is an absolute must.

Most people wear the following: SAUDI WOMEN’S CLOTHING Niqab: if niqabs are sometimes seen in the Levant and North Africa, they become predominant in Saudi Arabia, where only some arabian fashion like Jeddah and Dammam accept women walking around without the face veil Gloves: it is not uncommon to see women wearing black gloves covering their hands and arms SAUDI MEN’S CLOTHING Shumagh: it arabian fashion the Saudi name for the typical Jordanian keffiah which is worn by many Saudis in winter to replace arabian fashion ghuthra Dishdasha: the typical Saudi thobe resembles a long shirt.

It has a two buttoned neck, it is tight and made to have cufflinks (kabak) Saudi women walking in a shopping centre in Riyadh. Photo credit: Tribes of the World Saudi man on the phone. Photo credit: Cary Bazalgette Qatar Even if only 25% of the 2.1 million inhabitants have actually Qatari origins, there is a very strong national identity which is expressed through clothes, as well.

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Qatari fashion is similar to the Saudi Arabian one, but it is more colourful, especially on the women’s side. The most common garments are: QATARI WOMEN’S CLOTHING Al-darraa: some women wear this local version of the black abaya QATARI MEN’S CLOTHING Shumagh: the Qatari shumagh is typically white and has an African taste to it with two tails on the back, stiff in the front part, it resembles a cobra snake Dishdasha: the Qatari dishdasha comes in shiny fabrics and usually has a pocket 3 women at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha.

Photo credit: Kevin Burden 3 Qatari men relax in Doha. Photo credit: Jabiz Raisdana Kuwait The 1.4 million Kuwaitis really differentiate themselves from the 2.3 million expats that also live in the country and not only because of the language they speak, but above all because of the way they dress.

Here are the typical Kuwaiti garments: KUWAITI WOMEN’S CLOTHING Dara’a: the name is the same as the Qatari dress, but it comes in a more colourful version and different models. It is usually used for weddings, traditional dances and so on KUWAITI MEN’S CLOTHING Shumagh: the Kuwaiti shumagh is predominantly white and characterised by a scale shape when observed from the front Dishdasha: the Kuwaiti dishdasha has a distinguishing one button collar Kuwaiti women waiting to vote in 2012 Kuwaitis in arabian fashion political rally in 2012 Photo credit: Kuwaitelections2012 Photo credit: Kuwaitelections2012 Bahrain Bahrain might not be as big as Saudi Arabia, but it has certainly nothing left to be desired when it comes to history, biodiversity and, of course, clothes.

Their traditional clothes are in line with the other Gulf countries arabian fashion have some special features which differentiate them. BAHRANI WOMEN’S CLOTHING Abaya: lookout for red abayas with golden embroideries because they are only worn on special occasions Red: is the national colour and it is not unusual to see women wearing accessories of this colour on important days Arabian fashion MEN’S CLOTHING Shumagh: white is the most widespread colour.

Worn loose, it lets the head move freely Dishdasha: also the Bahraini thobe is very comfortable, loose and witha shirt collar Young woman in Manama. Photo credit: Al Jazeera English Old arabian fashion smoking in the capital.

Photo credit: Hussain Isa Alderazi UAE The UAE has a complex fashion panorama. While Dubai is the most progressive and up-to-date among the emirates, the other areas are more conservative in terms of clothing. Fashion here has evolved incredibly fast and if in the past sirwal and burqa were a must for women, they have been substituted by the abaya and even the white thobe now comes in a variety of colours.

EMIRATI WOMEN’S CLOTHING Abaya: Dubai is the land of fashionable and trendy abayas decorated with sequins, embroideries and ribbons EMIRATI MEN’S CLOTHING Shumagh: white or in the Jordanian red and white pattern.

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Very simply styled and left loose over the shoulders Kandora: the UAE name for dishdasha. It is collarless and features a long tassel called tarboosh Emirati women in Dubai airport.

Photo credit: Nicolas Mirguet Emiratis attend a military parade in Abu Dhabi Photo credit: Tribes of the World In recent years it has become fashionable for men in the UAE to wear an American style baseball hat or trucker hat with their white or brown Kandora. Oman The southern sultanate really cares about the integrity of its national heritage, clothing included.

That’s why traditional dress is compulsory for all employees in the public sector in Oman. Western-style clothes have no space in the country, with the exception of tourists of course. Traditional Omani attires could not be complete without: OMANI WOMEN’S CLOTHING Abaya: the black abaya with some colourful details is most common in the capital Masqat Dishdasha: just like men, also Omani women of rural areas wear this traditional tunic in a great variety of colours and with rich details.

They match it with loose-fitting sirwals. Lahaf: a common headscarf wrapped around the head OMANI MEN’S CLOTHING Kumma: there arabian fashion no space for the shumagh in Oman, substituted by the traditional cap which comes in different colours and has holes to keep the head cool Muzzar: a turban which is wrapped around the head, with or without kumma underneath it Dishdasha: it can be white or in earth tones such as brown or grey.

It sports a short tassel, too Omani family in Nizwa. Photo credit: ~W~ Two Omanis at work. Photo credit: ophiuchus1 Yemen This country has preserved an extraordinary heritage in terms of history and traditions. Clothes are arabian fashion one arabian fashion of how much Yemenis still follow their customs and their outfits show the region they come from: the mountainous North, the coastal area of the West and South or a tribal area. Still, it is not uncommon for men to wear Western clothes in the cities.

This is what makes their attires different from all the other Gulf countries: YEMENI WOMEN’S CLOTHING Balto: it is the Yemeni version of theabaya.It is widespread in the urban areas Lithma: more or less the Yemeni version of the niqab Sitara: literally “curtain”, is the traditional dress of the capital Sana’a.

Nowadays, only elderly women wear this colourful piece of cloth which covers them from head to toes YEMENI MEN’S CLOTHING Shawl: this headscarf, differently from arabian fashion shumagh, is wrapped around the head just like a turban. It comes in many different colours Thobe: while the white thobe is very common in the North of the country, all men of the coastal areas wear a skirt called futa’ Jambiya: it is not unusual to see this dagger hanging from men’s belts, especially in the northern areas.

The more valuable ones have been used by the same family for generations. There are also cheaper daggers manufactured in China Yemeni woman wearing a Sitara.

Photo credit:fiat.luxury Men from the city of Amran. Photo credit: fiat.luxury SUDAN The style of Sudan is unique and easily recognisable. Sudanese wear many of the garments which are widespread in the rest of the Middle East, but in a brighter and more colourful version which reminds us of other African countries. While Western clothes are indeed used especially in the cities, some still prefer the loose-fitting traditional items.

Let’s see what items of clothing you cannot miss if visiting Sudan: SUDANESE WOMEN’S CLOTHING Thobe: differently from the Gulf, this big piece of cloth is an item for women.

It is wrapped all around the body and the head. It comes in varying patterns and colours, according to the occasion. It is generally donned by older women. Alternatives are: abayas, long skirts, and dresses Hijab: being a Muslim country, all Sudanese women wear a headscarf, sometimes underneath the thobe YEMENI MEN’S CLOTHING Jalabiya: just like the Egyptians, also Sudanese men like being comfortable wearing this loose-fitting tunic.

They usually add a decorated scarf called an immah Taqiya: the skullcap is worn without the keffieh to keep the head cool, again just like Egypt Two examples of colour Sudanese thobe. Photo credit: Arabian fashion Sudanese man wearing a jalabiya in the capital Khartoum. Photo credit: David Stanley Ready to test your knowledge of Arab clothing? Take our Arab clothing quiz here. TO SUM UP… Clothing in the Middle East is an important business, perhaps even more than in the West.

Clothes reveal so many things about not only the personality, but also the region and social class of the wearer. Moreover, the choice of a certain item of clothing assumes a fundamental moral value.

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For example, some Arabs more or less consciously think that women without hijabs are more open minded, but also have fewer morals, while women with hijab are somewhat more religious and thus respectable.

Thus, clothes in the Middle East are a fashion statement, just like they are in the West, but clothing has a stronger social and moral dimension, too. As we have seen there is an infinite variety of Arab garments and what we have listed represents only a minimum part of it.

Arabian fashion remain a fundamental element in the cultural identity of each country in the Middle East. Some countries arabian fashion followed Western footsteps in terms of fashion, namely the Levant and North Africa, while others are still holding on tight to their traditional attires like Saudi Arabia or Arabian fashion.

While clothing might seem a superficial matter in Europe and America, this really is not the case in the Middle East. Clothes can give us precious info about the person in front of us while we are doing business or making friends and it is a useful key to understand the spirit of each Arab nation. About IstiZada Arabian fashion regularly creates resources that are free to the public with the goal of building bridges with the Arab world through education. Years ago we saw that there was a lack of good information available online about various aspects of Arab culture in English.

Ever since then we’ve been creating free resources that our researchers and writers take weeks and sometimes months to research and write.

IstiZada is also a company that helps international brands around the world reach Arab consumers through niche marketing using digital marketing skills like Arabic SEO and Arabic PPC. All images in this post and the quiz are from Flickr and licensed under Creative Commons Written by Beatrice Riva References: http://beingarab.com/know-your-thobe-different-styles-across-the-gcc/ http://www.askanemirati.net/2010/08/what-do-different-ghutra-colors-mean.html https://www.justlanded.com/english/Dubai/Dubai-Guide/Culture/Social-Customs http://www.morocco.com/blog/clothing-in-morocco http://www.tunisiaonline.com/traditional-tunisian-clothing/ https://arabspeaking.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/traditions-series-clothes/ http://www.laits.utexas.edu/cairo/modern/life/life.html http://www.slideshare.net/halasalih/sudanese-costumes http://www.irfad.org/iraq-fashion/ http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/film-traces-the-rise-and-fall-of-a-hairdo http://www.centreforomanidress.com/#!womens-dress/c20af http://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-national-dress-is-a-living-tradition#page2 https://eternaljoiedevivre.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/traditional-kuwaiti-clothing-and-fashion-the-story-behind-it/ http://char.txa.cornell.edu/islamicclothes.htm http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/24118241 http://www.slideshare.net/halasalih/sudanese-costumes http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rym-tina-ghazal/abaya-women-saudi-arabia_b_2114073.html http://news.sudanvisiondaily.com/details.html?rsnpid=227758 Updated by: Jordan Boshers Jordan Boshers is the Chief Digital Strategist at IstiZada, a digital agency that helps companies market to Arabs.

He has 10+ years of experience running successful digital marketing campaigns in the Arab world. His insights into Arabic SEO helped him grow arabian fashion unknown websites to dominate Arabic niches on Google including growing one site from 0 to more than 1 million users monthly. Jordan has consulted for hundreds of companies including helping corporations like Amazon, Berlitz, and Exxon Mobil with their Arabic digital marketing. Learn more here or on LinkedIn.

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Hijab is a traditional piece of clothing for Muslim nations. It refers to a square of a rectangular piece of fabric which is folded over the head and fastened under the chin as a headscarf. There are different types of hijabs presented at our store, including niqabs, jerseys, and chiffons.

However, all of them serve one primary purpose, which is to emphasize one’s relationship arabian fashion Allah. When you are done with getting dressed, it is time to get prepared for praying, and we can also help you with that. Check our collection of prayer items and specials accessories to find the one that meets your requirements in the best way.

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So, if you want to buy Islamic clothing at a reasonable price, our store is always at your disposal. If you have any questions regarding our assortment or would like to order something specific, feel free to give us a call at +91 (760)Â 089-9770 or fill the online form on our website. Top Viewed Collections Moroccan kaftan Arabian fashion Kaftan Wedding Takchita Kaftan Abaya Modest Clothing Maxi Dresses Anarkali Suits Churidar Suits Pant Style Suits Men Thobes Men Kurta Pyjama Handbags, Clutches and Wallets Women Hijab Hijab Head Cap Hijab Pin Prayer Rug Mat Prayer Beads Prayer Clothing Islamic Decals Home Canvas Paintings Best Selling Products on Arabicattire Muslim Hijab Abaya Kaftan Dress for Women Muslim Women V Neck Style Designer Party Wear Moroccan Caftan Moroccan caftan with golden work Wedding Kaftan With Thread Work Diamond chiffon Women Long Hijab Scarf Chic A-line embroidered farasha dress Black Clearance Party Gold Embroidered Kaftan Trendy Party Wear Jacket Style Kaftan Gray Muslim women Quarter sleeve pattern caftan Islamic Ladies V Neck Style Designer Party Wear Moroccan Caftan Women Georgette Islamic Party Wear Kaftan Frasha Style kaftan for women Jacket Style Partywear Kaftan Party Wear Jacket Style Kaftan Flower design moroccan caftan Dubai Style Golden Work Kaftan With Cap Farasha Style Kaftan With Silver pearl Work Stand Collar caftan with golden work Flower design moroccan caftan INTERNATIONAL XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL 6XL 7XL UK 6-8 10-12 14-16 18-20 22 24-26 28 30 32 34 36 US 2 4-6 8-10 12-14 16-18 20 22-24 26 28 30 32 BUST DRESS (INCHES) 34 37 40 43 46 49 53 57 60 64 68 CHEST FIT (CM) 86 94 102 arabian fashion 117 124 135 145 152 163 173 WAIST DRESS (INCHES) 30 32 35 38 41 44 48 52 55 59 63 WAIST DRESS (CM) 76 81 89 97 104 112 122 132 140 150 160 HIPS DRESS (INCHES) 36 39 42 45 48 51 55 59 62 66 70 HIPS DRESS (CM) 91 99 107 114 122 130 140 150 157 168 178 SLEEVE LENGTHS (IN) 23 23 23 23.5 23.5 24 24 24 24.5 24.5 24.5 MEN'S APPAREL SIZING Shipping • Approx.

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Arab culture is more or less also known as an Islamic / Muslim culture. Prior to the revelation arabian fashion Islam in the 6th century the Arabs had a different way of life than is presently know today.

What we see today is the fusion of religion and culture finely interlaced. With the rapid expansion of the religion Muslims from all over came into contact with, and assimilated from, Persian, Turkish, Mongol, Indian, Malay and Indonesian cultures.

A brief video on the history of the Middle East A “tourists” introduction to the Middle East Arab Origins The Arabs ethnically are one people but were composed of two culturally opposite groups: nomadic and sedentary Arabs. The harshness of the environment forced on Arabs a nomadic, tribal existence for some of them. The nomadic Arabs, called Bedouins, moved their herds in search of scarce resources and water. Trade was the major form of livelihood for these tribes. Arabian fashion Bedouin are the Arabic speaking nomads of the Middle East who have proudly maintained their pastoral way of life over thousands of years.

From the Arabian Peninsula, their original home, they spread out into other lands and now live in the desert regions of all countries between the Arabian Gulf and the Atlantic. Recommended reading: The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization. According to Arab tradition they are descendant from two main stocks: the first settled in the mountains of Southwestern Arabia arabian fashion Yemen), claim descent from Qahtan (Yoktan of the Bible) and became known as Yemenis.

The second settled in North-Central Arabia, arabian fashion descent from Ishmael and are called the Qaysis. Prior to the advent of Islam the history of Arabia is very scarcely known. Find out more arabian fashion the book Understanding Arabs: A Guide for Modern Times. Popular Books on Islamic Dress 1. Islamic Dress: Hijab, Veil, Burqa, Hijab by Country 2. On the Islamic HIJAB by Murtaza Mutahhari 3. Visibly Muslim: Fashion, Politics, Faith by Emma Tarlo 4.

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Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah Arab Geography Where is Arabia and how much land does it take up? The Arabian fashion Peninsula is a peninsula in Southwest Asia at the junction of Africa and Asia consisting mainly of desert.

The coasts of the peninsula touch, on the west, the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba; on the southeast, the Arabian Sea (part of the Indian Ocean); and on the northeast, the Gulf of Oman, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Persian Gulf. Geographically, it merges with the Syrian Desert with no clear arabian fashion of demarcation.

Politically, the Arabian peninsula arabian fashion separated from the rest of Asia by the northern borders of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The following countries are considered part of the peninsula Bahrain — an island just off the coast of the Peninsula, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Arabia has few lakes or permanent rivers. Most are drained by watercourses called wadis, which are dry except during the rainy season.

Wherever water surfaces from the ground reservoirs oasis form and permit agriculture. The climate being extremely hot and arid, the peninsula has no forests, although desert-adapted wildlife is present throughout the region.

The narrow coastal plain and isolated oases, commonly amounting to less than 1% of the land area, are used to cultivate grains, coffee and exotic fruits. Goats, sheep and camels are widespread throughout the region. Arabian Clothing and Fashion The Arabs of today wear pretty much similar clothing than they used to wear since pre-Islamic periods.

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Women may have undergone some changes considering the covering up of the head. Traditional Islamic wear for women includes arabian fashion abaya, the chador, and the arabian fashion, as well as countless other forms of dress and headcovering. Abaya Collection, Fashion Show The women wear a variety of different ensembles to cover themselves.

The Jilbab In modern day usage, jilbab refers to a long, flowing, baggy overgarment worn by some Muslim women. The modern jilbab covers the entire body, except for hands, feet, face, and head. The head is then covered by a scarf or wrap, known also as a Hijab. It is not clear that any Muslim women wore jilbabs in the long centuries between the early Muslim period and the 1970s. The Burqa A burqa is a type of opaque veil sometimes worn in addition to a headscarf by Muslim women observing purdah.

There are various arabian fashion of the burqa according to different regions in the muslim world. In Arab terms the burqa is generally black in color and is of ankle length, if not longer.

The arms are then put through two holes with the front open and just layered over arabian fashion another and held together with their hands. In some parts of the Muslim world the burqa may also cover the entire face with a see through veil over it, although not necessary by the religion some very conservative regions observe burqa this way, example in Arabian fashion during the Taliban rule.

The Abaya The abaya is an overgarment worn by some Muslim women. It is the traditional form of hijab, or Islamic modest dress, for many countries of the Arabian peninsula.

Traditional abaya are black, and may be either a large square of fabric draped from the shoulders or head, or a long black caftan. Today abaya’s are cut from light, flowing fabrics like crepe, georgette, and chiffon.

They are now made in colors other than black. Popular Books on Islamic Dress 1. Islamic Dress: Hijab, Veil, Burqa, Hijab by Country 2. On the Islamic HIJAB by Arabian fashion Mutahhari 3. Visibly Muslim: Fashion, Politics, Faith by Emma Tarlo 4. Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah Various Kinds of Veils The word hijab comes from the Arabic for veil and is used to describe the headscarves worn by Muslim women.

These scarves, regarded by many Muslims as a symbol of both religion and womanhood, come in a myriad of styles and colours.

The type most commonly worn in the West is a square scarf that covers the head and neck but leaves the face clear.

The niqab is a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear. However, it may be worn with a separate eye veil. It is worn with an accompanying headscarf. The burqa is the most concealing of all Islamic veils.

It covers the entire face and body, leaving just a mesh screen to see through. The al-amira is a two-piece veil. It consists of a close fitting cap, usually made from cotton or polyester, and an accompanying tube-like scarf. The shayla is a long, rectangular scarf popular in the Gulf region. It is wrapped around the head and tucked or pinned in place at the shoulders. The khimar is a long, cape-like veil that hangs down to just above the waist.

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It covers the hair, neck and shoulders completely, but leaves the face clear. The chador, worn by Iranian women when outside the house, is a full-body cloak. It is often accompanied by a smaller headscarf underneath. Images and Information courtesy www.bbc.co.uk Fashion Today If you have ever visited any of the Middle Eastern countries you will find that some countries like UAE, Bahrain, Doha, Jordan, Egypt do not have strict rules about women’s clothing conduct in public.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are known to have some of the strictest rules when it comes to public etiquette for women’s clothing. In private though women are known to flash arabian fashion local or foreign designer goods with pride. It is quite normal to see arabian fashion and men of all religions in some muslim countries dress as they please arabian fashion with a certain level of covering up that is expected of them.

For instance if you do go out it is not recommended to have bare shoulders, navels, or excessive tight clothing. Arabian fashion skirts and shorts will attract unwanted attention and is generally frowned upon. The general rule is to be comfortable but suitably attired with a higher level of decency to the clothing.

Top fashion labels from Gucci, Chanel to Diesel have set up shop in many Middle Eastern countries as the women and men have become more conscious of their looks and do not mind spending for designer prices. Some countries like Doha and the UAE are building their economies on trade and tourism rather than oil, so they have started to adopt a more westernized approach to promoting their countries by their beaches and sand dunes.

The mystique of Arabia is definitely an inspiration for many designers around the world, as they try to think of new ways to make a stride into the Muslim culture and make fashionable clothing according to the religion of the location.

Swarovksi crystals seem to be the new favourite glamour quotient as it is easily applied and provide the oopmh factor that many women want on their burqa’s or abaya’s.
Updated on January 10, 2022 by Sarina Arabian women’s clothing mostly consists of non-transparent, loose garments covering all of their bodies except for the hands and face. The Pardah system which is prevalent in this area stipulates that women cover their body and arabian fashion, when outside, as a symbol of modesty and Islamic faith.

Arabian Women follow the purdah system out of their religious obligations as well as their personal choice. Many cherish their freedom to wear their choice of Arabian clothing. The Arabian fashion celebrates beauty, modesty, holiness, humility, and holiness at the same time. Islamic clothing for women differs slightly between countries in the region but the basic concept is the same.

Covering the body of women from males who are not relatives. A common question I have heard is ‘what is the difference between a hijab and a niqab? They sound so similar.

Most of the Arabian names for the garments have subtle but distinct differences. • 1.Hijab • 2. Abaya • 3.

Jilbab • 4. Burqa • 5. Niqab • 6. Al amira • 7. Shayla • 8. Khimar • 9. Chador • 10 Tunics 1.Hijab This is a headscarf worn over the head by Muslim women. Usually, they are worn around the head covering the neck and the chest as well. The face is usually not covered with the hijab. A square scarf is usually used as a Hijab wrapped around the head and neck.

Checkout the tutorial to make different types of Hijab 2. Abaya Abaya is a tunic with a full-body covering usually made in black fabric.

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This is usually worn over other clothing and is made in a lightweight fabric. Nowadays fashion-conscious Muslim women are choosing embellished abayas arabian fashion a variety of colors.

Abaya is known by different names in different countries of the region. In Qatar Al darraa, a version of Abaya arabian fashion worn; Balto is the Yemenese version of abaya 3. Jilbab This is a very long and loose over garment, which covers your full body except for the feet hands head and face 4. Burqa The burqa is a most comprehensive headcover for Muslim women with just a mesh screen over the eyes through arabian fashion the Muslim women can lookout.

The entire face and head are almost covered except for the partially opaque veil over the eyes. This clothing is more prevalent among the more conservative Muslim countries like Afganistan. 5. Niqab This is a covering for the face including the mouth and nose, leaving only the eyes uncovered. Along with this Head is also covered with a headscarf when wearing the niqab.

The niqab is mostly worn in black, grey, beige, and white colors. 6. Al amira This is a head covering with two pieces. One is a close-fitting cap covering the head and then a tube scarf covering wrapped around the head and the neck. 7. Shayla This is a long shawl ( rectangular) that is wrapped around the head and neck and shoulder.

It is usually pinned to the shoulders or tucked around the face. 8. Khimar Khimar is a long loose cape-like veil that covers the head, neck, and shoulders without covering the face. This is usually used as a prayer garment.

9. Chador The chador is a full-body covering in one piece, a long, loose robe that covers the head and body down to the feet. A scarf is at times worn under the chador. It is mostly seen in black and is commonly worn by women in Iran. 10 Tunics Salwar Kameez -This is a tunic and pants worn by Muslim women in some countries along with shayla for a modest covering of the body.

Checkout the tutorial to sew a Salwar kameez and salwar kameez pants Kaftans – This loose garment is also very popular among Arabian women. This tunic made in flowy drapey clothes is most suitable for the tropical climate of the area.

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