Sunday, 5 December 2010

Suris---traditional Sharqiyah dress

A Suri is a loosely woven (traditionally black) wide sleeved overgarment, usually extensively embroidered along the chest, and often minutely on the sleeve hems. It is worn over the embroidered traditional tunic and pants pictured below, by pulling the sleeve edges up and over on the head so that they criss-cross eachother. This can leave the arms either covered to the elbow, or to the wrist, depending on how far back on the head the garment it tied/pinned. It is very breathable, and easy to move in and usually covers to the feet or ankles, unlike the shorter tunic worn beneath.
To see more of the traditional embroidery work on Sharqiyah regional dress, this post has a few more examples:

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