All Decked Out

This magnificently attired four year old boy wears the traditional formal garb of Saudi Arabia to celebrate the Eid holiday marking the end of Ramadan.  On his head he first puts on a smal white cap (called either tagiyeh or kuffiyah) which fits his head.  Over this is the flowing lightweight white scarf called a ghuttrah, which is folded in half to form a triangle.  The long straight edge faces the front and the three points are on each side and in the back.  The round black band placed on top of the ghuttrah to hold it in place is called egal.  The beautifully embroidered formal black robe (called a bisht or mislah) is worn over the traditional long white dress called a thobe.   Usually worn underneath the thobe would be lightweight long or short loosely fitting white elastic waist pants.

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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23 Responses to All Decked Out

  1. Mohammed says:

    Hi,
    I need someone to help me with this , am looking of Saudi traditional wear the same which the kid is wearing it but for big size. so where can I find it in easy way and faster because am from Oman and my wedding on 13th of January 2012 .
    please send me the names of the shops in Saudi and Dubai.

    Thank you

  2. Umzacharia says:

    mashallah! mashallah! mashallah! tabarak
    Allah! habibi wallah. He is ssssooooooo adorable. I’m sure he gets his cheeks pinched often 🙂

  3. Gee, everybody – thanks for all the nice comments! So glad you enjoyed it – maybe I should use my cute nephew as a model more often???

  4. PJ says:

    Hi Susie! I have been traveling for a while and I’m just getting started visiting with other bloggers after getting caught up on my own blog. What a beautiful boy.
    By the way, one of the places we visited was my brother-in-law and his wife who is a retired Marine Colonel. She was in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm and she told me a hilarious story about her refusing to wear anything but her uniform and driving herself around. She actually did that! Everyone was so afraid of her they never said a word!

  5. JM says:

    What a cute little fellow! The outfit is gorgeous! Nice shot!

  6. babooshka says:

    Absolutley fascinatinga and of course he is just so cute.

  7. Aafke says:

    Aw! So cute!!!
    A little prince!

  8. Umm Ibrahim says:

    He looks so gorgeous! My own 4 year old son wore a thobe for Eid and looked such a little man too!

  9. What a wonderful picture of a very handsome young man. Thanks so much for the explanation of the garb. It is very interesting.

  10. islamicarticles says:

    He’s cute masha’Allah tabarakAllah.

  11. Hi Hilda and AD/UAE!
    Thanks! The embroidery is done in a shiny silver thread and is very nicely done. He looks like a little sheik to me.

  12. Hilda says:

    The embroidery on the black robe is fabulous! Your nephew is very handsome and elegant in it. Thank you for the great information about this traditional dress too.

  13. Hi to Ab, Elaine and Jill –
    Thanks so much for commenting. I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing my adorable nephew in the traditional dress worn on special occasions here. When he walked into the room, he literally took my breath away!

  14. jill says:

    Susie, he is a doll, a very elegant 4-year old! I love his bright and smiling eyes.

  15. Elaine says:

    This is great to see and learn about. 8^) He looks very dignified. Thank you.

  16. Ab says:

    So elegant!
    Thanks for sharing.

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