By Yedida Kalfon Stillman
This richly illustrated quantity is a old and ethnographic learn of 1 vital point of Arab and Islamic fabric tradition - garments. whereas partly descriptive, its critical concentration is at the evolution and ameliorations of modes of costume over the last 1400 years during the heart East, North Africa, and for the center a long time, Islamic Spain. Arab garments is handled as a part of an Islamic vestimentary approach and is mentioned in the context of the social, spiritual, esthetic, and political traits of every age.In addition to the 5 historic chapters, 3 chapters are dedicated to significant subject matters of Arab dress heritage - the gown code for non-Muslims, the real socio-economic and political establishment of luxurious materials and clothes of honor, and the main recognized and regularly misunderstood establishment of veiling.
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20, citing Lammens. However, Serjeant mentions no textile by this name. See R. Dozy, Supplément aux dictionnaires arabes, 3rd ed. (Brill: Leiden, 1967), p. ” For anbaj§nÊ as an adjective for anything “belonging to, or made at Mambij,” see F. Steingass, A Comprehensive Persian-English Dictionary Including the Arabic Words and Phrases to be Met with in Persian Literature (Routledge & Kegan Paul: London, 1963), p. 104. 20 The Prophet reported to wear a black goats hair mirã: Muslim, ‘aÈÊÈ, Kit§b alLib§s, ÈadÊth 36; Abå D§wåd, Sunan, Kit§b al-Lib§s, b§b 5; al-TirmidhÊ, Sunan, Kit§b al-Adab, b§b 49.
24 The siyar§" was both a mantle of Seres (Gk. Σηρες; Aramaic shÊr§) or Chinese silk and the fabric itself. Thus we find Èulla siyar§", burd siyar§", qamÊß ÈarÊr siyar§", and a striped textile produced in Aden from such silk and designated musayyar. 25 Precisely how these mantles and the many others mentioned in the traditions were draped we cannot know, but it is quite clear from the sources that there was a wide variety of styles. This is further corroborated by the fact that in those parts of the Islamic world where traditional wraps and mantles are still worn today there is considerable variation from one locale to the other in draping style.
103 verso. For pilgrims in white iÈram as today, but in shorter waist wrappers that are only knee-length, see Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg) ms S 23, p. 208. 52 24 chapter one statement that “the best of your clothes are the white”55 and noncanonical ones such as “God loves white clothing and he created Paradise white,”56 which reflect a later pious preference, it is clear that the Prophet wore many different colored garments, including red, green, and black, in addition to white.