Tag Archives: women

Turkish fashion at its best – Part 1

Standard

Hey ladies,

As a continuation of my previous post ( check it out here ) I wanted to share with you more ideas how to look fabulous, modest and modern in the same time. As I wrote in other occasions, my opinion is that Turkish fashion for women has developed so much that helps women keep being delicate, feminine and modern, that’s why I love this style sooo much. I hope it will be helpful and you will enjoy the outfits.

Don’t feel shy to tell me your opinion….Enjoy!

Until next time XoXo.

Palestinian culture: The THOB

Standard

Nowadays what Palestinian women wear is determined by their religious believes, though it wasn’t always like this.Women in Palestine used to wear a Thob; a full length flare dress, that is loosely-fitted to allow a lot of movement.

Until the 1940s, traditional Palestinian costumes reflected a woman’s economic status, whether married or single, and the town or district of origin as well. A knowledgeable observer could collect such information from the fabric, colors, cut, and embroidery motives in a given woman’s apparel.

Approximately 100 years ago, Palestinian women from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, El Khalil (Hebron), Ramallah, Majdal and Gaza as well as the nomadic Bedouin of the southern desert region developed their own embroidery designs borrowing from architectural motifs, local plants, and spiritual symbols. The style of embroidered panels, types of fabrics, set them apart from one another to such a degree that their region of origin could be identified from a distance.

Thob from Bethlehem

Thob from Hebron

Thob from Ramallah

Embroidery was used on everyday dresses as well as wedding and special occasions dresses. Women were as distinctive working in the fields as they were visiting their husband’s family. These dresses were part of their identity. Work done by their own hands demonstrated their skill and imagination

Headdresses indicated whether women were married or unmarried. An unmarried woman would have very few coins, if any, on her headdress, whereas a married woman would display and carry her wealth on her head.

War in the Middle East has destroyed the unity of many cultures, especially the Palestinians. Palestinian women refugees have formed embroidery cooperatives in other countries as a mean of supporting themselves and their families. Using traditional patterns, these modern embroiderers produce contemporary items carrying ancient symbols of identity and pride to Palestinians expats.

Moroccan caftan

Standard

The caftan, or kaftan, is the traditional dress of Moroccan women. In the era of the Sultans, the caftan was worn by both men and women.When the caftan came to Morocco from Turkey, it became primarily an article of women’s clothing.

                                                      Old Turkish Caftan

Caftan is  loose-fitting, but is usually more elaborate than other Moroccan traditional garments like the jalabia, because it is worn more often for special occasions.It is a long dress in the style of a robe. Caftans are made of either cotton or silk. They are ankle-length and can be fastened up the front with buttons. A sash around the waist completes the outfit. Some caftans are designed with elaborate colors and patterns, and other styles are much simpler.

The traditional wedding dress in Morocco is caftan,although some women prefer Western wedding dresses to be more modern.Caftans designed for weddings can be very elaborate, with brightly embroidered floral patterns in a variety of colors, including green, red, dark brown and white. The sleeves are full and very wide.
 
                     
                                     

Jilbab fashion

Standard

Because recently my husband and I were in Jordan, where I could see a great variety of jilbab models and colours I thought it will make a good topic to write about. Before few years when I started covering one could find jilbab only in dark colour or white,grey, cream with very old and ugly models so back than I totally rejected the idea to wear any time soon a jilbab. Fortunately for me and other young women that like to cover and still look nice nowadays there are plenty of models and colours that can fit any woman’s age or requirement.

I think is better to show you some of this models.

Turkish hijab & outfit

Standard

   Although there are many ways in which you can cover and still look chic, personally I consider the way Turkish women wear their hijab the most feminine and pretty style. Many women don’t like to wear square hijab and I support them but when we talk about Turkish hijab the situation changes for me. That is because I like the fabric from which they are made and the way it can frame a woman’s face and make her look so feminine and beautiful but modest at the same time.

   Lately fashion has developed so much in Turkey and now Turkish style is unique, easy to wear and recognize. Whether it’s about wearing jilbab with long skirt or with western clothes the accent is always on the hijab.

   Hijab and outfits

   Tutorial 1

   Tutorial 2

    Tutorial 3