Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Omani Women's Clothing

Because I've had so many questions about this, here goes!

There are two categories of clothing here: modern and traditional.

In terms of modern, just about anything goes. Skinny jeans, t-shirts, Chanel head scarves, and the like. Qambouas are common. Essentially, they are giant bubbles of fabric attached to the head via clip in order to shape your hijab better. Before coming, we were warned against skinny jeans, but honestly they are fine here.

A more traditional modern dress (if that makes any sense) is the abaya. An abaya can be anything from a simple black robe to an extravagant concoction of colors and patterns. Abayas always come with matching scarves. They are worn all across the Arabian Peninsula, and I personally find them fabulous because it's totally possible and normal to wear pajamas under them.

More traditional Omani clothing really depends on the region. In Muscat, it is usually a short, embroidered dress with pants underneath. In Dhofar, clothing usually a dress with a long train in the back, that may or may not include pants. Also, gold headdresses are common for formal, traditional occasions, and they hook into the scarf that goes with the dress. 

Omani gold

Dhofari dress


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  4. Some are simply black and others, bejeweled and color. Some women here do wear the abaya--whether on a daily basis, thrown over pajamas, lace top

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