Clothing and Accessories

The types and shapes of clothes and accessories differ from one province to another and from an environment to another inside the same 
province. Because of the cultural and social harmony among the Kingdom’s provinces, the clothing styles and the accessories designs became similar to each other in most of the provinces. The markets display different types of textiles from around the world and large quantities of clothes. Moreover, the sewing and knitting occupation had flourished for men and women. The locals became proud of their new and beautiful clothes.

The Saudi official clothing for men consists of Shimaq or Ghutra (triangle cloth worn over the head). On top of Ghutra, Igal (doubled black rope-like cord) is worn in order to hold Ghutra in place. Then, a full-length, loose garment with long sleeves called Thawb is worn. Thawb comes in different types and colors. Often, the shoes or sandals are worn. Bisht (cloak) in its bright colors is worn over the Thawb on official occasions. As for the women, there is no specific clothes around the Kingdom. For the women, there are diverse traditional clothes and they conceal rather than reveal. The Saudi women wear black cloaks that cover their clothes, reflecting the Saudi woman’s identity. Although, the men and women clothes are influenced by modernity and development, they still preserve their ancient Arabian descriptions, namely in the southern parts of the Saudi Arabia where traditional clothes are still worn. ​

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