Traditional Muslim Dresses of The Middle East

on Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Arabians have an affluent and an attractive culture that revolves around a respecting behavior towards the family as well as the society members in general. Many of the values in the Arabian world have their roots in family and social structure. Arab music, philosophy, and art convey the wealthy perspective of Arab life, culture and traditions in short; Arab customs in every aspect convey the beauty of the Arab people. Having one of the most welcoming cultures in the entire world, friendliness, kindness, graciousness, and thoughtfulness are all trademark characteristics of the Arabians. Whether one visits the Middle East or the Gulf; Hospitality, kindness and familiarity are always experienced by the visitor.

One of the significant parts of the Arab culture is their traditional attire. Mostly both men and women of the Arab countries wear conservative and religious dresses. This goes with the fact that people from foreign countries are given complete freedom to dress whatever way they want, but they are likely to follow local customs. The men wear a traditional dress known as Thobe or Kandura; it is generally a single long, ankle length piece of clothe that is made up of cotton. The attire is suitable for the Arab hot and humid climate. It is sometimes made up of heavy materials such as wool usually in winters. The Thobe is considered to be a formal dress among the Arabs though it can also be used casually. In Morocco, the sleeves of Thobe are short as compared to Saudi Arabia the Marrakesh people make Thobe look like a T-shirt, and it is known as Gandora locally. The headdress of a local Arab is made up of three different things; The Taiga is like a small cap usually white which gives support to Gutra from slipping from the head. The Gutra is a large cloth which is held in place by doubled black cords called Igal. Some men prefer not to wear Igal wearing just the Gutra instead. Gutra is usually made up of white or a red and white checked cloth –the iconic attire in which Arabs are portrayed always involves a Gurta. The Kaffiyeh is a traditional headdress of Arab men, made of a square of cloth usually cotton, folded and wrapped in diverse styles around the head. It is commonly found in a dry climate areas to provide protection from direct sun exposure, as well as for occasional use in protecting the mouth and eyes from blown dust and sand. On average, an Arab man has about 50 Kanduras so that they can change their dress regularly and maintain cleanliness and hygiene.

Talking about the women in the Arab world, most of the females wear a black long dress which covers the entire body know as Abaya. In the general Arab world, there is no compulsion to wear Abaya only but in Saudi Arabia women are strictly forced to wear Abaya in public places. Most of the Abaya are filled with embroidery. The Saudi women usually wear bright and fashionable clothes under the black cloak. They enjoy wearing bright colors and taking pride in their appearance. The tradition for women to cover themselves from head to toe and veil their faces when they go out in public is in accordance with the instruction provided by the holy Qur’an. Taking religion in regard The Holy Qur’an instructs both Muslim men and women to dress in a humble way, for instance this verse:

“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest” (24:30)
In the strong winds of the desert, air circulates freely and the robes float. The head coverings are protection from the strong sunlight. The Arabs are proud of their culture and tradition, and they feel pride to wear their traditional attire.

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