Tunics with Sleeves
A common style of garment is to add sleeves to the basic pullover tunic (The Arabic kamma - to provide with sleeves is the basis of the word kamis/gamis.)
At its simplest, large rectangular sleeves are added to the tunic and the side left partially open. However rectangular or triangular pieces can be added to allow movement and modesty.
Tilke, Parker, Kennet, Anawalt
Very loose thobe
Hooded Berbers in jellabia
Jellabia with hood
back Algeria (1958)
Girls in thobes
Big SleevesSometimes the sleeve is exaggerated. Big sleeves can be used as pockets for storing items, as veils for women, or simply to show the wear has no need (or ability) to perform manual labour.
Bedouin big thobes. The sleeve can be used
as a veil and the skirt is hitched up to
create three layers for warmth. (1937)
Festive sleeves show this is not a work
garment. Also note jambiya (curved knife)
Gallibaya - EgyptThe gallibaya has triangular inserts and narrow sleeves.
Gamis or Kamis - EgyptA wide sleeved gallibaya worn by Fellahin. Tilke alos identifies an eri as a woollen version with wide sleeves. Tilke
Djellabia - MoroccoIn addition to the sleeves a simple hood is added
Farasia - MoroccoWith buttons and wide sleeves, the farasia is often belted and made of very light fabric. Tilke
Thobe - Arabic GulfA range loose women's overgarments. One example is the thobe al-na`ish which is ornately decorated thobe worn by women for the "hair tossing" dance. (Here are instructions for making a stage version)
Other general types of clothing:
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