Fresh Produce

Fresh produce stands like these are familiar sights along the streets of Jeddah. These two are located in an industrial area. In general, prices for food are much cheaper here than in the states. The man on the left in the red and white shirt is wearing a skirt called a futa. It is made from one long piece of fabric folded in half and sewn together with one seam which runs lengthwise. That forms a large shapeless skirt which the man steps into. He folds the width at his waist, to the right and then to the left and back again, and then folds it down at the waist a couple of times to secure it. Simple and easy. Many men wear them out in public here. I’m not sure what they wear underneath. My husband wears his at home and wears nothing underneath.

About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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7 Responses to Fresh Produce

  1. J Bar says:

    These are great.

  2. hindi says:

    The Futa / Lungi, also known as a sarong or dhoti , is a garment worn around the waist in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Horn of Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula .

    It is particularly popular in regions where the heat and humidity create an unpleasant climate for trousers.

    Note you must wear shorts first and then futa / lungi otherwise you will be exposed… be careful! Take care!

    • Thanks, Mohammed – I was hoping someone would fill in about what is worn underneath the futa when men are out in public. My husband only wears his at home, but I see many men out in public wearing the futa.

  3. CW says:

    The futa sounds like the Malaysian/Indonesian sarong, which both men and women wear.

  4. Jean Grant says:

    wonderful pictures, Susie. They brought back such memories to me of color and vibrancy, idealism and a bit of “goody-two shoe-ness” from my days living in Dhahran long ago. Love your blog too.

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