Monday, March 31, 2008

HistoricalClothing of Africa

I got some good information from "Notes in Islamic Clothing", Carradocis Miscellany: Notes on Islamic Clothing. The material of their outfits was mainly made of silk. Their shirts and Camus is made of linen found with silk. Robes with tight and loose sleeves; the loose sleeves are short sleaved. The tight sleaved ro, in the early ages, would have sleeves inches llonger thatn their arms. Period pictures show maybe a jacket was worn, and it was open in front with sleeves trimmed in fur. The warb, worn in the Fatimid period, so Mayer says, are beaded in tune with straight slit. Muslim Spain had particolored robes. You can normallty see the slits or buttons on their clothing. There were Turbans worn from the 12th century Egypt. The width's of these were 35 to 48 cms. Non-Muslim were restricted to maximum turban lengths, which maybe meant that the Muslims would wear longer turbans.
Period pictures of Islamic garnets have ornamental bands on the sleeves, triaz bands, which have Arabic inscription with associated decoration. These had cloth worn for the rulers own use. These robes were given away out of generosity. Some wore belts which showed they were ritch. Then the Sultan wore white garmets for the summer which started in May. And then they wore woolen ones in November on until May.
Footware was Khuff boot, long leather stockings with vertuical seams up the sides. The women wore a chemise under a garmet and pants under it. Mameluke women wore Khuff bootts with low shoe outdoors. Red trousers worn on women were signs that they were prostitutes.
So this is basically what they wore for many centuries in Africa. There are still some that will wear this type of clothing. They try to keep their heritage going. They had very fancy and beautiful garmets that they would at times put much brightness and jewels on.

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