The Thobemaker

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The long white traditional dress that Saudi men wear is called a thobe. Thobes are custom made to fit each individual. Consequently there are hundreds upon hundreds (or more like thousands upon thousands!) of shops in Saudi Arabia that specialize in custom made thobes for men. You can find a thobemaker on almost every block where there are businesses. The customer will choose from among hundreds of bolts of fabric and from dozens of shades of white and off-white, and will decide on details such as the collar and pockets, buttons or snaps, and decorative trim. Thobes are worn with loose fitting elastic waist pants underneath, and most men also wear an undershirt as well.

About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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5 Responses to The Thobemaker

  1. alyaba says:

    back in the day most the time a woman would drop off a dress she already owns, now theres tons where only woman work there, most the time men do work security at the doors though.

  2. What if I want to order a robe instead of a thobe?

  3. Dina says:

    There is something special about white. It makes one feel and look special, spiritually speaking.
    So each thobe is custom made? Interesting.

  4. Geogypsy says:

    What about the women’s dress? Surely men can’t measure a woman for a custom fit. And the women don’t work.

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