Traditional Dress

Clothes of people in Riyadh are simple and are designed to suit the climate. In summer, the wear is loose and flowing to absorb heat and in winter, people in Riyadh wear clothes made of wool. “Thobe”, which is a floor-length tunic, is the formal dress for men. It is bright white in summer, worn with Shamagh (a scraff), Taqiyah (skullcap) and Eqal (headband). On certain occasions, men wear Bisht (loose dark embroidered cloak). Women in Riyadh wear “Abaya”, a robe-like dress, when outdoors.

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