Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Folk costume of North Africa|Traditional dress of North Africa

 North African traditional wear

Some of the Famous Folk dresses are listed below according to its Native places.,


All men wore a wrap-round skirt that was tied at the waist with a belt. Sometimes the material was wrapped around the legs as well. The length of the skirt varied depending on the fashion of the time - in the time of the Old Kingdom they were short while in the Middle Kingdom they were calf length. During the New Kingdom period it was fashionable to wear a pleated garment. 

Egyptian women wore full length straight dresses with one or two shoulder straps. During the New Kingdom period it became fashionable for dresses to be pleated or draped. The dresses worn by rich Egyptian women were made from fine transparent linen. Like the men, rich Egyptian women decorated their clothes and wore jewellery and headdresses.

Ancient Egyptian children did not wear clothes until they were about six years old when they would wear the same clothes as men and women.


The most traditional clothing in Morocco is a djellaba. Djellabas are loose fitting garments that you put over whatever you are wearing, and serve well to hide your figure. There are djellabas for both men and women, however, women more commonly wear them. Morocco ’s traditional clothing also includes kaftans, which are usually worn for weddings and celebrations. The difference between a djellaba and a kaftan is that kaftans do not have a hood, and they are often fancier. However, dress codes are really varied in Morocco . While some are expected to fully cover up with a djellaba and head covering, others walk around in t-shirts and tight jeans. Factors include marital status, age, family and location. Dress for men is a little easier; however, they are rarely seen wearing shorts.






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