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Yemeni men traditionally wear a thawb (also called zanna, futa), a large cloth wrapped around their waist, held together with a broad, coloured belt and a dagger, and a buttoned shirt and a jacket. You can tell a man’s tribe and where he is from by the way he wears his head cloth (mshedda).

Most Yemeni women wear the niqab (face-veil) in public, others wear a burqa (body covering and headscarf). Urban women dress in black, rural women wear a more colourful dress and often only a hijab or a headscarf. Lately more urban girls and younger women have stopped covering their faces, wearing just a hijab (locally known as sharshaf) instead.

Yemeni school dress for girls
Yemeni school dress for girls
Typical Tihama hats
Typical Tihama hats
Traditional coloured dress
Traditional coloured dress
Men with janbiya
Men with janbiya
Sanaa woman Yemen Photo Shutterstock
Sanaa woman Yemen Photo Shutterstock
Yemen dagger jambiya
Yemen dagger jambiya

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