The dress of a large proportion of those women of the lower orders who are not of the poorest class consists of a pair of trousers or drawers (similar in form to the shintiyán of the ladies, but generally of plain white cotton or linen), a blue linen or cotton shirt (not quite so full as that of the men), a burko’ of a kind of coarse black crape, and a dark blue tarhah of muslin or linen. Some wear over the shirt, or instead of the latter, a linen tób, of the same form as that of the ladies. The sleeves of this are often turned up over the head; either to prevent their being incommodious, or to supply the place of a tarhah.
- An account of the manners and customs of the modern Egyptians
By Edward William Lane
Written in Egypt during the Years 1833-1835 Available from gutenberg.org
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- Sunday 21 May 2023
- 19th Century, Arab, Costume, Middle East, Poor, Women
- Places / Middle East / Egypt