The traditional dress of Palestine varies in the urban Palestinian community to villagers and the indigenous Bedouin people. The women normally wear coats and shirts with broad trousers and use a thin veil to hide their faces. Modesty reflects from the traditional Palestinian dress because the Christian Palestinian women wear descent western dresses and the Palestinian Muslim women are usually seen in Hijab and Abaya. The traditional men’s clothing in Palestine is quite similar to other Arabian nations and their outfits are loose and hanging till feet like the traditional Thawb. The traditional Palestinian woman’s long tunic is also called thawb. The Men’s thawb is also same like the Egyptian galabia.
Palestinian people in traditional dresses - Image: arwayi
Palestinian costumes reflected differences in the physical and social mobility enjoyed by men and women in the different classes of Palestinian society. The women of the Northern Palestine used to wear a bright colored coat few centuries ago but later it was replaced by Qambaz having long sleeves and side slits. They used narrow trousers that were embroidered on the lower parts.
Palestinian girl showing the traditional sloth - Bissane's photo
Thawbs and Jillayeh were the traditional female dresses of the Southern Palestine. These v-necked dresses are normally of black and white colors having tighter sleeves. The Bedouin women of Palestine loved to wear the dresses with red and blue colored embroidery along the hems and seams and around the neck. The embroidery tradition in Palestine is popular since the Ottoman era and the motifs were derived from basic geometric forms such as squares and rosettes. Large blocks of intricate embroidery were used on the chest panel to protect the vulnerable chest area from the evil eye, bad luck and illness.
A pretty Palestinian dancer wearing the traditional dress and veil ( Photo: Khalid Abu Saleem )
The veil was an important ingredient in the traditional Palestinian dress for women. The other traditional headdresses included Hattah and Zurband and in some parts a tarbush shaped hat was also popular that was covered in coins and it was named as Shatweh.
A beautiful Palestinian girl in traditional-headdress - Image by Seeds_of_Peace
The Palestinian men used to wear a variety of overcoats like Farwah (Sheepskin jacket) and Jibbeh or Abaya (broad cloaks). Similarly many types of headwear were also common among the Palestinian men like Taqiyeh and Tarbush Istanbul. The Keffiyeh has been worn by the Arabs but its prominence increased in Palestine also when it was adopted by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
A Palestinian man wearing the Arab scarf - Image: Abeer Hoque
The traditional dress of Palestine was significant in the Arab region for tremendous embroidery and being mostly the handcrafted garments. The variation in the geography was also reflected in the traditional clothing, e.g., the nomadic life-style was reflected in the traditional Bedouin costumes.
A cute Palestinian boy wearing the traditional scarf - Image: RvDario
The Kurdish people have a similar tradition to dance together by holding each other’s arms like the Lebanese and Balkan traditional dances. The Kurdish traditional dance is a centuries old heritage of the Kurdish community which is a symbol of harmony and integrity. The Kurdish traditional dance is accompanied by melodious music and superb body movements and it is a primary part of Halparke (the Kurdish culture). There are slight variations in the Kurdish traditional dances that exist in various regions. The renowned versions are known as Dilan, Sepe and Chapi.
Kurdish traditional dance - Photo owned by Khosro Zabihi
Dilan is performed by the Kurdish men and women together in a circle holding hands with bright colored handkerchiefs. Chapi and Sepe are almost alike and consist of stepping forward on the left foot twice and then stepping back on the right foot twice while traveling in a circle. The only difference in Sepe is the motion towards the center of the circle and hitting the right foot roughly to the ground.
Kurdish people are considered as a brave and warrior nation. The Kurdish traditional dance is the regalia of the magnanimous and proud life style of Kurdish nation.
We have collected some fantastic images of the lovely women tennis stars of the lovely planet for you. We hope you would love to see your favorite women tennis players in action.
Tennis is one of the most popular sports around the world. The professional players get immense fame and prize money after getting success. The women have also proved themselves as the best in this awesome sport. Check out these fabulous images of the gorgeous women tennis players of the lovely planet ;
1- Agnieszka Radwanska: The Polish Tennis Star
Agnieszka Radwanska: The Polish Tennis Star - Image : Ralf Reinecke
2- Aleksandra Wozniak: The Canadian Tennis Star
Aleksandra Wozniak: The Canadian Tennis Star - Photo: Luis Fonseca
3- Amélie Mauresmo: The French Tennis Star
Amélie Mauresmo: The French Tennis Star - Image: radker18
4- Ana Ivanović: The Serbian Tennis Star
Ana Ivanović: The Serbian Tennis Star - Doha Stadium Plus
5- Anastasia Myskina: The Russian Tennis Star
Anastasia Myskina: The Russian Tennis Star - Image: Majorshots
6- Anna Tatishvil: The Georgian Tennis Star
Anna Tatishvil: The Georgian Tennis Star - Image: Walter Arce
7- Anne Keothavong: The Tennis Star from Great Britain
Anne Keothavong: The Tennis Star from Great Britain - Photo: JoAEo Salema
8- Arantxa Sánchez Vicario: The Spanish Tennis Super Star
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario: The Spanish Tennis Super Star
9- Ayumi Morita: The Japanese Tennis Star
Ayumi Morita: The Japanese Tennis Star - Image: Charlie Cowins
10- Caroline Wozniacki: The Danish Tennis Star
Caroline Wozniacki: The Danish Tennis Star : Image: Mark Howard
11- Casey Dellacqua: The Australian Tennis Star
Casey Dellacqua: The Australian Tennis Star - Image: mirsasha
12- Christina McHale: The American Tennis Star
Christina McHale: The American Tennis Star - Image: Christopher Levy
13- Conchita Martinez: The Spanish Tennis Star
Conchita Martinez: The former Spanish Tennis Star - Image: Ludmilla
14- Daniela Hantuchova: The Slovak Tennis Star
Daniela Hantuchova: The Slovak Tennis Star - Danny VB
15- Dominika Cibulkova: The Slovak Tennis Star
Dominika Cibulkova: The Slovak Tennis Star - Kelvin Lee
16- Flavia Pennetta: The Italian Tennis Star
Flavia Pennetta: The Italian Tennis Star - Image: 6Cab
17- Francesca Schiavone: The Italian Tennis Star
Francesca Schiavone: The Italian Tennis Star - Image: Carl Blake
18- Gabriela Sabatini: The former Argentine Tennis Star
Gabriela Sabatini: The former Argentine Tennis Star - Image: maxiphotoluna
19- Jennifer Capriati: The former US Tennis Star
Jennifer Capriati: The former US Tennis Star - Image: David Wilmot
20- Julia Georges: The German Tennis Star
Julia Georges: The German Tennis Star - WeAreTennis Photo
21- Justine Henin: The former Belgian Tennis Star
Justine Henin: The former Belgian Tennis Star - Image: 6Cab
22- Kaia Kanepi: The Estonian Tennis Star
Kaia Kanepi: The Estonian Tennis Star : Sony Ericsson WTA Tour
23- Kiki Bertens: The Dutch Tennis Star
Kiki Bertens: The Dutch Tennis Star - Image: Richard van Loon
24- Kim Clijsters: The former Belgian Tennis Star
Kim Clijsters: The former Belgian Tennis Star - Image: Luke Mayes
25- Li Na: The Chinese Tennis Star
Li Na: The Chinese Tennis Star - Image: Mike McCune
26- Lindsay Davenport: The former American Tennis Star
Lindsay Davenport: The former American Tennis Star - Photo: Ludmilla
27- Lucie Safarova: The Czech Tennis Star
Lucie Safarova: The Czech Tennis Star - Image: Christopher Levy
28- Maria Sharapova: The Russian Tennis Super Star
Maria Sharapova: The Russian Tennis Super Star - Image: Morton Lin
29- Maria Kirilenko: The Russian Tennis Star
Maria Kirilenko: The Russian Tennis Star - Image: Apricot Cafe
30- Marina Erakovic: The Kiwi Tennis Star
Marina Erakovic: The Kiwi Tennis Star - Image: Justin Smith
31- Martina Hingis: The former Swiss Tennis Star
Martina Hingis: The former Swiss Tennis Star. Image by menchitabri
32- Mary Pierce: The French Tennis Star
Mary Pierce: The French Tennis Star - Image: Richard Wentworth
33- Monica Seles: The former American Tennis Super Star
Monica Seles: The former American Tennis Super Star - Image: ph-stop
34- Petra Kvitová: The Czech Tennis Star
Petra Kvitová: The Czech Tennis Star - Image: Crobard
35- Romina Oprandi: The Italian Tennis Star
Romina Oprandi: The Italian Tennis Star - Image: AshMarshall
36- Samantha Stosur: The Australian Tennis Star
Samantha Stosur: The Australian Tennis Star - Massimiliano Raposio
37- Sania Mirza: The Indian Tennis Star
Sania Mirza: The Indian Tennis Star - Image: sr_cranks
38- Sara Errani: The Italian Tennis Star
Sara Errani: The Italian Tennis Star - Image: Kelvin Lee
39- Serena Williams: The American Tennis Star
Serena Williams: The American Tennis Star - Image: youth sg
40- Shahar Peer: The Israeli Tennis Star
Shahar Peer: The Israeli Tennis Star - Image: Richard van Loon
41- Simona Halep: The Romanian Tennis Star
Simona Halep: The Romanian Tennis Star - Image: MLoperative
42- Sofia Arvidsson: The Swedish Tennis Star
Sofia Arvidsson: The Swedish Tennis Star - Image: Christian Mesiano
43- Steffi Graf: The former German Tennis Super Star
Steffi Graf: The former German Tennis Super Star
44- Svetlana Kuznetsova: The Russian Tennis Star
Svetlana Kuznetsova: The Russian Tennis Star
45- Timea Babos: The Hungarian Tennis Star
Timea Babos: The Hungarian Tennis Star - Not enough megapixels
46- Varvara Lepchenko: An Uzbek American Tennis Star
Varvara Lepchenko: An Uzbek American Tennis Star - Image: Christopher Levy
47- Venus Willialms: The US Tennis Star
Venus Willialms: The US Tennis Star - Image: lisaluvz
48- Vera Zvpnareva: The Russian Tennis Star
Vera Zvpnareva: The Russian Tennis Star - Sony Ericsson WTA Tour
49- Victoria Azarenka : A Belarusian Tennis Star
Victoria Azarenka : A Belarusian Tennis Star. Image Courtesy: flickr
50- Yaroslava Shvedova: A Kazakhstani Tennis Star
Yaroslava Shvedova: A Kazakhstani Tennis Star - Image-pmcs78
The traces of the first human inhabitation are found in Afghanistan around thirty millenniums ago. This ancient country has the main attraction of the historic pathway known as “Silk Road” that was the important passage for the human migration in this region. Centuries have gone away; the traditional and nomadic life style of the Afghani people has never changed. Courtesy to the geographic landscape of this landlocked country or to the instinct of self esteem in the Afghan nation, the ancient cultural and traditional values are still alive and preserved in Afghanistan. The main ethnic communities of Afghanistan are Pashtuns and Tajiks while the Hazara and Uzbeks are also significant in number.
The Afghan men wearing the traditional dress - Image: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The Pashtun people feel pride to follow “Pashtunwali” which is actually a non-written ethical codel of life and the rules of this code are part of the lives of the Pashtuns living in Afghanistan and Pakistan and also in some Pashtun communities around the world. The rest of the culture of Afghanistan is being dominated by the Persian and Turk influences. Honor, freedom, bravery and loyalty are the main features of this warrior nation. The tribal culture is a prominent factor of the Afghan lifestyle and there are numerous tribes existing in Afghanistan.
The Afghan folk musicians in their traditional costumes - Jeff Rozwadowski's Image
Having a complex and ancient historical background the traditional dress of Afghanistan has also gone through many variations and fashions. In Afghanistan, cotton and wool have remained the dominant fabrics used for dressing; however, for preparing the expensive dresses, rugs and carpets, silk was also an important raw material.
Afghan women wearing the traditional dresses - Asian Art Museum
For the last three decades, the Taliban Afghans have imposed strict clothing regulations as the women had to wear long dress with a trouser as well as a Burqa on top to cover them from the head to the ankle. Men also had to wrap a hat or turban around their heads and keeping a long beard. Although the Afghan people have started to dress up with the clothing of their own choice for the last one decade, however, still in the particular areas of Taliban, the situation is not changed.
The Afghan ladies wearing the traditonal Burqa - Naeem Azizian's Image
Nevertheless, the traditional dress of Afghanistan was very tremendous and elegant; especially the traditional women attire is so unique for its beautiful embroidery which is mostly handmade.
The traditional Afghan fabric - Zohalii Image
The women usually wear a long dress which is made with cotton fabric with a combination of various colors. For the lower part of the body, they use matching pants along with a head kerchief, a purse and a flat pair of shoes called Paizar.
An Afghan model presenting the traditional look - Mustafa Qazi's photo
As this country has remained a region of long lasting warfare, the invaders have also penetrated with the infliction of their own cultures.
A beautiful Afghani girl in exotic traditional costume - sar-kelandi's image
Presently, the women of Afghanistan prefer to wear shirts with jeans or a “Shalwar Kameez” dress pretty much similar to Pakistani style. We can also see the women wearing a long ankle length skirt with a matching headdress.
An Afghan girl showing her traditional Afghan necklace - Mustafa Qazi's Image
For the outer clothing, especially in winter, the women wear the loose sleeveless and hip-length jackets.
An Afghani bride - AFGHANISTAN PASHTUNISTAN's Image
The traditional dress for Afghan men is usually “Shalwar Kameez” which is also known as “Perahan Turban”. The dress is very popular as the large portion of the men population in Afghanistan wears this attire. The Afghan men wear “Shalwar Kameez” as their casual and also for their formal clothing. The dress is normally made with cotton and polyester but it can be made with the woolly fabric in winter. The new trends of decorating the dress with embroidery on the chest part and on the collar side are also very common. The Afghan men also use a “Waistcoat” worn over this dress to give their dress more dignified look.
An Afghan man wearing the traditional turban - Martien van Asseldonk's Image
Ther Afghan men also use diferent types of hats like turban, karakul, pakol, topi, kufi, and a chapan (coat). Occasionally some men wear or wrap a keffiyeh on their head.
A traditional Afghan man wearing the Pakol Cap - Ornella Bagnato
The Afghan men in Kandhar also wear a traditional Kandhari cap which is simialr to Sindhi Topi worn in the province of Sindh, Pakistan.
An Afghan boy wearing the Kandhari Cap - From Afghanistan With LoveÙ‘
In short, the traditional dress of Afghanistan is a phenomenal part of the cultural heritage of Afghanistan.
Some Afghan girls dancing in a cultural show wearing the traditional costumes - Chantalina
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Syria borders Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Israel and Jordan to the south, and Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the west. Modern day Syria is officially known as the Syrian Arab Republic which was established as the parliamentary republic after the First World War as a French mandate, and represented the largest Arab state to emerge from the formerly Ottoman ruled Arab Levant. Syrians are an overall indigenous Levantinepeople, closely related to their immediate neighbors, like Lebanesepeople, Palestinians, and Jordanians. The overwhelming religion of Syria is Islam and the Syrians speak the Arabic language.
The culture of Syria possesses an ancient traditional background full of cultural diversity and history. The enormous culture of Syria is fully reflected through the customs of Syrian people and the demonstrations of traditional dances. The Syrian people wear their traditional dresses on the celebrations, marriage ceremonies and the birth occasions of the new borne babies. The traditional dress of Syria is famous in the Arab region for its conventional crafts, embroidery and fabulous designs. Although, the modern dressing is the fusion of the traditional and western styles and the people of Syria nowadays normally wear westerly attires, yet the traditional gowns, coats and jackets are still popular among the Syrian community.
A native Syrian man wearing his traditional costume - Anthony Pappone's Photo
The Syrian men used to wear the traditional dress including a white shirt made of cotton. They loved to embellish the costume with blue, red and black embroidery round the neck and at the chest. Underneath the shirt men usually wore a pant (shirwal) made of colored or non dyed cotton fabric. They also used the traditional coats made with light fabrics as the outer wear which were wide opened at the front and embroidered on its edges. The men also used another cloak which is known as Abaya which is normally made of various light-weight silk, artificial silk or mixed silk or cotton fabrics. They cover their heads with the scarves made of fine cotton or blue or violet silky fabric with red threads.
Some beautiful Syrian dancers wearing the traditional dresses - Sanja Matonickin's Image
The traditional dress for women in Syria is a garment made with triangular sleeves and it is called as Thob. In the past, the tailors used to apply elegant embroidery round the neck, at the chest and the sides. These dresses were further decorated with amazing patchworks in brilliant colors. The women also wore some other garments made with wool and other delicate fabrics. They also wrapped the dresses with a belt woven from red and black wool or cotton.
The upper garment for the women was a coat stitched with materials in dark colors with wide sleeves and side slits. The women of Syria wrap their heads with silky scarves decorated with splendid embroidery and fringes.
A Syrian Whirling dancer wearing the traditional costume - Moslem Mosbah's Photo
The traditional dress of Syria can be seen commonly on the eve of the celebrations of national importance. Such events particularly take place in Damascus and Aleppo which are culturally very rich cities.
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