Afghan Dress

Yemeni garments and jewellery

1. Introduction

Yemen is situated at the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. It has for many centuries been the home of ancient civilisations. In Biblical times, it was allegedly the home…

2. The men's thob

Yemeni men usually wear a traditional attire of ‘thobs’ and ‘futas’. A thob, also referred to a dishdasha or qamis, is a loose ankle-length garment, usually with long sleeves. It…

3. The men's futa

A futa is a man's hip wrap, which covers the body from the waist down to the ankles. A fformal version of the futa is also known as a ma’waaz. It is handwoven and…

4. Men's headgear

In the past, headdresses were an extremely important feature of a man's outfit , as they were used to divide different classes and tribes in society. However, the political divides…

5. Men's accessories

Both the thob and the futa are sometimes paired with a belt and dagger (jambiya). An example of a belt that can be paired with a thob or futa is TRC 2012.0392 (see…

6. Women's clothing

Traditional Yemeni women's wear is characterised by bright colours and many forms of ornamentation, through weaving, embroidery, beading and other forms of applied decoration. Materials such as cotton, velvet and…

7. The zinnah

Many Yemeni women from all over Yemen wear a zinnah. This is a casual dress worn on a daily basis. The dress has a relatively narrow silhouette and long sleeves. It…

8. The jalabiyah

A jalabiya is another common dress worn by Yemeni women. Unlike the zinnah, it is an extremely loose fitting, ankle length dress with loose sleeves. The dress is often paired…

9. Women's head coverings

In many parts of Yemen, a black head covering and abaya are considered to be the appropriate outfit for women. The style of the head covering, often referred to as the…

10. Women's caps

Alongside headdresses and face coverings, women in Yemen have also been wearing traditional, embellished caps. Yemeni Bedouins, who inhabit the desert regions of Yemen, are known for embellishing and personalising…

11. Jewellery

Alongside the brightly coloured garments, intricate textiles and extensively decorated headwear, Yemeni women enjoy the use of accessories to complete their outfit. Jewellery is extremely popular amongst all Yemeni women.…

12. References

 For further information on Yemeni clothing, there are many online resources. Below there is a brief list of suitable websites:     • http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/History/Yemen-history.htm • https://www.britannica.com/place/Yemen • http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2028740,00.html • http://nationalclothing.org/middle-east/41-yemen/58-yemeni-traditional-dress-yemen-is-a-country-with-a-remarkably-diverse-fashion.html…