Omani Dress by James.M, James.A and Abdulrhaman

In Oman, the style of dressing the men wear is different from what the women wear.
Men National Dress: The national dress for Omani men is a simple, ankle-length, collarless gown with long sleeves called the dishdasha (like thob). Underneath the dishdasha, is a plain piece of cloth covering the body and it is worn from the waist down. Omani men may wear a variety of head dresses. One of them is the mussar is a square of finely woven woolen or cotton fabric, wrapped and folded into a turban. Underneath this, the kummah, an intricately embroidered cap, is sometimes worn. They also wear the curved dagger known as the Khanjar. The Khanjar is a distinguishing feature of the Omani personality as well as an important symbol of male elegance. It is traditionally worn at the waist.
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Women National Dress:
Omani women have very colourful costumes which vary from region to region. The main parts of a woman's outfit comprise a dress which is worn over trousers (sirwal) and the headdress, called the lihaf or hijab. The Baluchi dress is also common. It is worn by Baluchi women. There are numerous traditional styles of Omani costume seen in Muscat. However, there are three main types which show vibrant (striking) colours, embroidery and decorations. One style of costume is rather flowing and resembles that worn by the women of the Interior, while another is decorated with distinctive silver bands. The embroidery on these dresses can take around two months to complete. In the Dhofar region the dress is known as the "Abu Dhail" which means 'one with a tail'.This dress is shorter at the front than at the rear and is made from luxurious velvet or cotton, shot with gold and silver embroidery, beads and sequins. It has a square neckline and is generally worn with a lightweight, cotton or silk sh'ela "head dress" which may also be sewn with pearls, sequins and sometimes small gold coins for special celebrations. Elaborate jewellery is often worn with this dress, around the head, neck, wrists, ankles, fingers and toes. Older ladies, originating from the desert and the mountains may do so.