Hi people, now that my semester final is over and that I can fly like a free bird now, so let’s visit the Arabian countries. So which country can we choose…umm…what about Saudi Arabia? Yes guys I think it would be a fantastic idea to visit the Arabs and experience their culture.
And today we are not going to see buildings and tourist spots, rather something different. What about their traditional clothing? We know that Arabian women wear only “burkhas” but probably I suppose on burkhas they have much glamour and gorgeous things to show. Therefore, let’s start exploring.
It is a tradition for women to wear black outer cloak over their dresses known as “abaya”, they wear black often probably because it stands out against their fair complexion. Around their heads they wrap a scarf called “shayla” which are then pinned with jewelleries. These abayas are most of the times decorated with coins, sequins or brightly colored fabric appliqués. The shaylas are mostly thin veils which protects the skin and eyes from constant exposure of the sun. Today, however, a veil is also a sign of modesty and virtue.
Abayas come in various colours, types and designs, and different styles are favoured by women from particular regions according to specific religious and cultural interpretations.
- A Head abaya rests on top of the head and extends below the ankles, ensuring that a women’s body stays completely hidden.
- Black abayas are more commonly worn in Middle Eastern countries, especially Saudi-Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.
- White abayas are populary worn in Far Eastern Muslim countries.
- Coloured and embroidered abayas are becoming increasingly popular in Jordan, western countries and now also in Middle Eastern countries too.
The way Arabian women wear black clothing on normal days, they wear the exact opposite on their weddings. Wearing colour is very rare.
I feel the wedding dresses are exquisite and lovely. Especially, the white and the hot pink ones are my favourite. The hot pink resembles more of Indian wedding attires.