Traditional clothing from Arabia, Palestine and Syria.

Costume, cuts, Islamic, clothing, Bedouin, sheikh, Druze, Arab, Kamis, bajeh,
Arabia, Palestine and Syria

Plate 14.

Costume cuts and garment forms of


  • 1. Arabic women’s shirt “Kamis” from the mountainous region of Yemen. The shirt is made of indigo blue dyed cotton with a speckled sheen, the embroidery is executed in white cotton threads which turn slightly bluish, the neck hole and breast slit are decorated with gold thread and gold border in a copper tone.
  • 2. Distinguished Arab from the court of Isaud. The keffijeh held in place with a silver-laced akal. A light abajeh covers the shimmering undergarment.
  • 3. Arab from Iraq.
  • 4. Shirt robe with pointed sleeves from Palestine. The idea of pointed sleeves has been preserved by the Moorish culture, although much diminished, also in Morocco. (Cf. plate 28, figs. 4, 5 and 6).
  • 5. A woman’s shirt with pointed sleeves from Palestine.
  • 6. Bedouin sheikh from the Sinai Peninsula.
  • 7. Young Aneze Bedouin from the Syrian desert.
  • 8. A Druze woman with a headdress, the “tantur”, over which a veil is spread. Modelled on the European hennin in 15th century Burgundy.

Source: Max Tilke.

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Note:  The Christian and Mohammedan Chapels on Mount Sinai, 1839.

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