Yemen is a big country, so there are many different ways to dress in different parts of the country.
Yemen’s traditional clothes can be decorated in many different ways, from simple patterns to intricate embroidery and fancy jewelry. 98% of Yemen’s people say they are Muslims. In Yemen, there are only about 50 Jews and 1,000 Christians. People can be put into one of three main ethnic groups: those who live in the northern highlands, those who live along the south and west coasts, and the Bedouins. The traditional clothes of each culture are different.
Here, we’ll look at some traditional clothes that men and women in Yemen wear.
Traditional Female Attire
Women in Yemen often wear bold colors that stand out. Most of the time, Muslim women in public wear black hijabs, abayas, or veils. Because of this, more and more women are wearing bright colors and sparkly accessories.
Yemeni women wear a wide range of clothes from many local traditions.
Women in Yemen love to wear dresses with the traditional Sana’ani curtain pattern. Use this colorful cotton square to cover yourself. The material is called “Al-Masoon,” and it is the best you can get. Also, you must always wear a shawl or scarf called a “Al-Momq” over your head. Black, red, and white are mixed together to make a new color. Silk or cotton can be used to make the al-Momq. In Arabic, the word “Amomq” means the jewelry that newlyweds wear, such as a silver or coral-colored crown.
In Yemen, many people dress in the traditional style of Sana’ani. This has been done for at least a couple of hundred years. When guests came to their traditional Yemeni home, the women would cover themselves with whatever curtains were around. After that, they made the Al-Masons just for them. People do this in every state. Even though many women now wear the modern abaya instead of the traditional Sana’ani dress, many still wear it every day.
There is also the name “Zina” (it can be translated as “beauty” or “ornament”). Even Yemen has not been spared. Zina is a style that was very popular in the West in the 1940s and 1950s. This dress is knee-length and has a V-neck, long sleeves, and a long bottom. It’s common to pair a Zina with slouchy jeans. Appliques, needlework, paillettes, and rhinestones are all common ways to decorate fabric. There’s nothing here that would be good for a night out.
Women in Yemen often cover their heads. In the city, women always cover their heads with scarves and veils, but in the country, it’s more common for them to go bareheaded. People cover their hair and/or faces with a scarf, kerchief, veil, hijab, or straw hat. Women in Yemen tie their hair on top of their heads in a wide range of knots. Certainly, it’s amazing how many different kinds of hats Yemenis wear. Women’s hats don’t have the same limits on styles, colors, fabrics, and purposes as men’s do.
Women in Yemen love to wear jewelry. A lot of the time, women like getting jewelry as a gift. In Yemen, they are the most valuable thing a woman can own. Traditionally, the groom gives the bride a piece of jewelry as a sign of his undying love and devotion. She can use or sell the jewelry however she wants. Even though she just broke up with her boyfriend, the woman still wears accessories.
During critical events, women and young girls in Yemen often wear a lot of jewelry. This shows who they are and how much money they have. In Yemen, the best quality gold is used to make gems and jewelry. A lot of what silver jewelry is worth depends on how it looks and how old it is. When things get more complicated, you might have to pay more.
Men’s Clothes In Yemen
The traditional Yemeni outfit is made up of the dishdasha, the thawb, and the qamis. The white dress with long sleeves goes down to the knees. It is very well-liked in Sanaa and the rest of Yemen’s hilly interior. The outfit is made up of a jacket and a shirt. Even though white is the most common color, dishdasha can come in many different colors and can be plain or decorated. This qamis is made from cotton or wool and is great for cold weather.
There are a lot of people who speak Izar as their first language in Aden, Hadramout, Taez, and the Tihama. It’s a one-meter-long rectangular loincloth with the long sides sewn together to make a tube. The izar is worn with a belt and is meant to cover the legs. This piece of clothing has a lot of different names, such as sarong, wisaar, ma’awi, and fouta. In the past, Bedouin people wore it. In addition to white, it comes in many different colors and patterns. The word “izar” can be used in different ways.
In Yemen, most men wear a turban or an alquaweq on their heads. Men and women in Yemen can both wear their hair out. How a long strip of fabric is wrapped around a person’s head to make a turban depends on the person. The alquaweq is a traditional Yemeni headdress made of cotton, straw, or bamboo. Older people and wealthy people usually wear them.
A jambiya is a ceremonial knife that men often wear in the middle of a wide belt. This is only done for very important events. The blade is usually curved and has a ridge down the middle. The sheath is generally decorated with carvings, precious metals, and different kinds of ornaments.
In this article, we talked about how to wear traditional Yemeni clothing. Since most Muslims are Muslims, Islam has much to do with their style. Even though they wear very stylish clothes for different occasions. If you go to Yemen, you can wear what the people there wear. If you want to look like Zina or Qasim, wear jewelry. Having a dagger in your waist will help you look more like Yemenis. Have a good time in Yemen.