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Arabic/African Clothes

Does anybody know what the dress (for lack of a better word) that many Arab and African men wear is called?

I was thinking about buying one a few years ago when it got bloody hot and have decided I really need to pick one up.

Luckily for you guys and gals I'll only be wearing it round the house.

It's too hot for trousers...

(and I'm not taking Keyvans suggestions of just going out and buying a dress seriously ok.)

(ps - or his belly-dancing gear suggestion either...)

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jadeent
Jun. 9th, 2006 10:47 am (UTC)
Is it something like djabala (sp?). I have one in my wardrobe that I picked up on my honeymoon in Egypt. I hadn't thought of wearing it in this weather but you've put the idea in my mind.
cookwitch
Jun. 9th, 2006 10:49 am (UTC)
Djalaba, or jilaba, I think.
cookwitch
Jun. 9th, 2006 10:50 am (UTC)
Hmm...all kinds of names for them!

http://www.alkaramdirect.com/
karohemd
Jun. 9th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
The first one I thought of is a burnous but I think there are several different types from different regions and countries, all with different names.
omentide
Jun. 9th, 2006 11:06 am (UTC)
There are also pyjamas. The smart sort, not the European version.

We got some from Southall, very fine cotton, in a sale for not much money. Covered trousers, sort of kaftanny top (about knee length) and a nice waistcoat.
karohemd
Jun. 9th, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
Kaftan is the one I couldn't remember!
tooth_fairy
Jun. 9th, 2006 11:18 am (UTC)
I think you'd look very fetching in a belly dancing outfit :p
brinker
Jun. 9th, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
What others have said. Lots of names, depending on where they're from. Here in Oman, they're dishdashas. Saudi has thobes.

If you want me to pick up an Omani dishdasha, let me know. Plenty easy for me to do, and they're cheap (less than $10 US [sorry, I don't know the conversion to pounds.]) Course, that doesn't include shipping, which isn't cheap.
heliograph
Jun. 9th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
Homer: I'm looking for something loose and billowy, something
comfortable for my first day of work.
Salesman: Work, huh? Let me guess. Computer programmer, computer
magazine columnist, something with computers?
Homer: Well, I use a computer.
Salesman: [quietly, to self] Yeah, what's the connection? Must be the
non-stop sitting and snacking.
[more audibly] Well, sir, many of our clients find pants
confining, so we offer a range of alternatives for the ample
gentleman: ponchos, muumuus, capes, jumpsuits, unisheets,
muslim body rolls, academic and judicial robes --
Homer: I don't want to look like a weirdo. I'll just go with a
muumuu.
lucyas
Jun. 9th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
I've seen blokes wearing sarongs. And with your ancestry you could go for a kilt and look fine.
angusabranson
Jun. 9th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
hmm... Not sure Kilts were a big thing back in Lithuania/Latvia - although the Scandinavian and Irish sides might be able to blag it I guess ;p
_izzy_
Jun. 9th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
hell... just go for a kilt!!!
all men should wear kilts.


yum
fluffworld
Jun. 11th, 2006 07:54 am (UTC)
Kilts. Oh yes. Mmmm.

I need to have a lie down now.
fluffworld
Jun. 11th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
At the risk of being clueless, what's wrong with wearing shorts? I hugely recommend those combats that zip off above the knee - they're trousers, now they're shorts, oh look, they're trousers again!
angusabranson
Jun. 11th, 2006 08:51 am (UTC)
I, er, need something a bit more free flowing...:p
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