Muslim clothing usually consists of a head cover
set and long shirt which covers all the way down
to the ankle. This type of clothing is very popular
in the Middle east and other Islamic countries.
The style may vary slightly from country to country.
headdress consists of three things: the Taqiyah,
Some men may choose not to wear the Iqal.
which is a part of the headdress worn by Arab men,
is a square scarf made of cotton, and is worn folded
into a triangular shape with the fold in the front
over the Tagiyah.
usually worn in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE comes
in either pure white or a combination of red and white
(also called smagh
/ shmagh). In Kuwait and Bahrain, pure white Ghutra
is the choice. Contemporary black-and-white headpiece,
/ Kaffiyeh are popular in Palestine , Jordan,
Syria & Iraq. These lightweight cotton and rayon
scarves with the black and white checker pattern that
popular figures in Islamic culture have made famous
-- pattern is similar to the Kufiyyeh
worn by Chairman Arafat, among others. Other name
variations include Keffiyeh,
Iqal is a
doubled black cord that is used
to secure the Ghutra in place. Modern Igals are
generally made of tightly woven black goat-hair
and sheep's wool. An old
style Igal, which
is gold in color and sometimes ornated,
is still available. The Igal is usually
just to hold the ghutra in place and is
not suppose to be wrapped around the forehead
like a hat. Name variations include Igal,
Egal, Agal and Aqal.
The Taqiyah is
a small white cap that keeps the ghutra from slipping
off the head. In some places like Egypt, Sudan
and other African countries, Tagiya is worn by itself
with no other headcover. When worn by itself, Tagiyah
can be of any color, while when worn under a headcover,
it is always white. Taqiyah comes in different styles,
some with perforations, and some without.
The Bisht or Aba is
the loose robe worn on top of the Thob by Arab
men. The Bishts are either made of cotton or
camel/sheep wool. Bishts are always trimmed with
beautiful golden embroidery, called Mogasab in
Arabic. Bishts are
popular in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar,
UAE, Oman, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Palestine.
Bishts are sometimes called Mishlah / Meshlah.
Dishdasha / Thobe
Saudi men wear a traditional dress called a Thobe.
Sometimes known as Dishdasha,
thobs are loose garments and they cover the whole body down to the ankle. Wearing
the thobe expresses equality and is also perfectly
suited to the hot climates in Saudi Arabia and its neighbouring countries.
During warm and hot weather, white thobes are worn by men and boys but during
weather, wool thobes in dark colours are common. Thobs also come in earth
colors like brown or green. They are usually worn with loose white trousers
underneath called Sirwal / Sarwal.
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