Sunday, July 02, 2006

White

It is a color ubiquitous in the dress of local men. They wear a full-body gown, dishdasha, and head-piece, guthura. Why does it have to be white? There's nothing wrong with the color itself, but imagine this: There are in the country, say a population of 250,000 local adult and young-adult men. They each have 10 identical outfits, all the same cut and same design of full-body white gown and matching white head-piece. They wear one of these each day to school, to work, to weddings, to funerals, to parties, to view a soccer match, to go for a drive, to shop in a mall, to pray in a mosque... you get the picture. The same gown, the same color, on 250,000 men, for any occasion, at any time, every single day of every year. White!

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4 comments:

رحـّــال said...

"They each have 10 identical outfits, all the same cut and same design of full-body white gown and matching white head-piece"

well, i don't quite agree with that. It might seem all the same to someone who never wore a dishdasha; however, to us, its not!

Right now, I can think of at least 20 differet cuts and designs of the dishdasha, each of them would present a different image about you, and perhaps would play a big part in giving a first impression.

The way you ware the ghetra and 'aegal would tell a lot too, ask any local and he/she would tell you :)

BD said...

I never thought of it that way. To me it's all white, like to the non-Eskimo, all snow is just snow. But to the Eskimo there are many different types of snow.

BD said...

A lot more reaction from the UAE Community.

David Kimber said...

i have seen many emaraties and they have diffrent colors of gowns and if you look closley there is diffrent designs