Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Egyptian Jalabiyas

Jalabiyas (or galabiyas as the Egyptians would say :D) are dresses that are popular across the Middle East, and often worn at home when entertaining guests or at parties. These ones were featured in Hijab Fashion Magazine, from a store called Al-Haramlek.





I can't find anything quite as elaborate as these, but you can find some pretty, inexpensive cotton ones at ABA Kaftans and Al Jilbab. Islamic Gifts stocks a few fancier ones, priced at around £50. Click on each to buy:


15 comments:

*~Ange~* said...

i have this pink and white one!!! i love it and it took about 1 week for them to ship from egypt to australia!!!

Kholod said...

I TOTALLY adore the golden and dark blue one, at the top! Amazing style!

Anonymous said...

I like the way the hijab is wraped on the first pic;very interesting

Alixianna said...

Jalibiyias are my favourite thing in the world to wear. i feel like a princess, and yet oh so comfortable.

Leila said...

gameeeeeeel awi :)) mashaallah very nice...

Sis said...

They are looooovely but I prefer to buy from the UK much faster delivery and no customs.:o)

Jana said...

Ange, ooh mashallah, it's gorgeous :D

Kholod, I love them all! I wish Al-Haramlek had a website.

Anon, I was thinking maybe it's a hood?

Alix, indeed.

Leila, enti el gamela :D

Sis, I've ordered from their sister site, 2hijab, and I wasn't charged customs.

Anonymous said...

I realise this is me being totally ignorant - but I'm confused by the various dress-like pieces of Arabian clothing... are these intended to be garments which one might be seen wearing in public (they do appear to cover all the parts of the body I would consider it necessary to cover) or is it usual to wear some other garment over them when going outside?

Jana said...

Anon, these particular ones are meant to be worn in the home, or at parties - they're far too nice to be walking the streets with!

These for example, are what may be worn ouside, usually in Gulf countries:

http://hijabstyle.blogspot.com/2008/08/sheila-and-abaya-fashion-2008.html

*~Ange~* said...

i disagree... i wear my pink one everywhere!! i dont save my special pieces for special occassions.. i wear them everywhere..
i go grocery shopping in them too.

Anonymous said...

I still have several from my last trip to Egypt (where the prices are SO much lower), although most are not as fancy as this.
I wear them around the house all the time, so comfortable!
I don't wear them out much because I work in a Western environment, so I go with something more like the outfits that Jana regularly comes up with.
Thanks!

Candice said...

Wow, those are beautiful. I was in Egypt for some time and I didn't see them in the streets for sure, at least not this beautiful.

Anonymous said...

yallah i want them allll there sooo beacuitful!!! i want to go to Egypt =D

Anonymous said...

waw is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Ange, where did you order yours?
I've been going crazy trying to order one from morrocco for an upcoming wedding!!
does anyone have any legit sites they could recommend? I'm looking for a really fancy one :)

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