As many of you may know, Muslims all around the world have spent the last month fasting abstaining from food from sun rise to sunset. This is known as Ramadan. Ramadan is a very spiritual time and Muslims try to engage as much as they can with the teachings of their religion, Islam.
At the end of this month is the celebration of Eid al-Fitr known as the festival of breaking the fast. This day of celebration concludes the end of the 29th or 30th day of Ramadan and starts the first day of the new Islamic month Shawwal.
This Eid, I thought it would be nice to wear some tradition Qatari clothing.
I also thought it would be nice to show one of the many Algerian styles women wear on this big occasion.
WHAT I WORE:
The main piece of clothing in this outfit is called a thawb which is a traditional garment predominantly worn by Arab males. Thawbs come in different styles and colours depending on the region. They mainly tend to be white. The style of the thawb I wore is from Qatar. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to have my thawb tailor-made directly from Qatar.
On top of the thawb I wore a bisht. Bisht’s were originally a traditional Persian cloak that Arab men wore. Bisht’s tend to be a complimentary earthy colour or a darker colour and are worn for occasions such as Eid, weddings or Friday prayer.
Normally, these outfits are accompanied by sandals. The sandals I chose to wear are quite similar to the traditional sandals that Qatari men wear. I purchased the sandal’s I wore from ASOS and they are made by the brand Brave souls.
WHAT INES WORE:
Ines wore a Kaftan. Just like the thawb, Kaftan’s come in many different styles depending on the region you come from. Kaftan’s can also be worn for various occasions. Kaftans became westernised in the 1950-70s. Fashion designers such as Christion Dior and Balenciaga have taken inspiration from the loose fit of the Kaftan and incorporated them into their design aesthetic.