The luxury and splendor of traditional Moroccan clothing

The luxury and splendor of traditional Moroccan clothing

Traditional Moroccan clothing is not only beautiful but also practical. As a rule, they are long and loose, which not only conforms to Shariah regulations, but also helps to escape the heat, the Planet Marrakech website reports.

Many of the traditional clothes worn by locals are an integral part of Moroccan culture and identity. Although these days many Moroccans, especially those of the younger generation, prefer modern Western clothing in everyday life, they are sure to wear their ancestral clothing for holidays and ceremonial occasions.


This long and loose robe-like garment is common throughout North Africa. It is worn by both men and women. The long sleeves and hood allow you to shelter your body from the sun in the heat and keep you warm in the cold.


The gandora is similar to the jellaba with short sleeves and no hood. It is also worn by both men and women and is most often worn in the summer.


This is another type of long and loose clothing. However, unlike the jellaba, the kaftan is worn only by women. Historically, it was the ceremonial garment of judges. The caftan was also firmly associated with royalty and nobility. The appearance of caftan practically does not change over time, new fabrics appear, modern touches are added, but the basis is the same as it was many centuries ago. Usually such clothes are richly decorated with embroidery, beads, sequins and are worn on solemn occasions. The richly embroidered national caftans were an indispensable part of the official attire of the former wife of King Mohammed VI of Morocco, even at international events.The Caftan du Maroc is an extravagant display of caftans from various designers that takes place in Morocco every year.


The taksheta is perhaps the most beautiful traditional women’s clothing. It consists of two parts – a lower and an upper dress. Like caftans, the taksheta is richly decorated and is intended only for special occasions, such as weddings. On top of this clothing is usually worn a wide belt, decorated, including with semi-precious and precious stones.


This is a large embroidered head coverlet worn by Berber women. It covers the head and shoulders and goes down to the knees. It is made of two pieces of fabric.


This headdress is also known by another name, the fez. It is part of the uniform, for example, of the royal guard. Also the king of Morocco often appears at official events wearing a tarbush.


Taqiyya is a round skullcap, most often white. It is preferred by religious Muslims.


This traditional type of shoe, similar to soft slippers, is also known as a babush. They are worn both at home and outdoors. Balgas can be as simple as they are ornate. These days, in everyday life, Moroccans prefer sturdier shoes, and balgas are worn at special events and during religious festivals.

Women in Morocco also wear such garments as the abaya, niqab, and burqa, which are common throughout the Muslim world. In early 2017, it was reported that the Moroccan government had banned the importation, sale, distribution, and production of the burqa.


The distinctive and luxurious oriental style weaves together many different fashion trends. The Moroccan style occupies a separate place in the world of oriental fashion, due primarily to the specific geographical location of the African state. The neighborhood with Europe formed the preconditions for the emergence of a bright and colorful trend of modern fashion.

The exoticism of Moroccan clothing

A characteristic feature of such models is considered a motley coloring, the use of small buckles, numerous ornaments with beads, stones and silk embroidery. National holiday clothes are made of brocade, silk and velvet. For every day models natural materials are used.

Traditions of the East and Africa

The principles of Moroccan fashion were significantly influenced by Roman and Greek culture.

The following are considered to be the characteristic features of this style:

Fabrics. Morocco has a very hot climate, and women fashionistas tend to choose light, cool, flowing fabrics for their day dresses. Mostly they prefer to wear clothes made of cotton, linen or cambric. For the most elegant clothes in this style are used satin, velvet, brocade, organza and heavy silk.

Colors. In such outfits, a variety of colors and colorful combinations of natural and variegated colors are very much welcomed.The colors that conjure up images of the sultry desert and scorching heat are the most popular among Moroccan ladies. Warm red, terracotta, sand, and rich brown are a few of these.

  Dazzling white, rich burgundy, green, amethyst, sapphire blue and purple are very popular.

Prints. Geometric motifs, plant patterns, animalistic prints, arabesques and paisleys are typical for clothes in this style. The characteristic features of the traditional Moroccan patterns are the complexity of weaves and ornateness.

The cut. Models in this style are characterized by a smooth silhouette and laconic simplicity of the lines. Each element of this outfit helps to emphasize the modesty, femininity and attractiveness.

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