Thursday, November 20, 2008

at 9:23 PM Posted by chaker

The “burnous” is an exterior clothing, generally made out in doubled wool and can be painted in various colors. The best ones are of type "jeridi", oases located in the south of Tunisia or the "kefi", after the city of Kef.

The “burnous” is a long and full traditional coat with hood but without sleeves.

This is a traditional wintry piece of cloth which originated from the “berber” where it comes to crown the traditional Tunisian costumes which has a special prestige.

“Barnous” is dating back to the roman era and part of the traditional of “berber” populations before the Arab conquest.

The “burnous” gets you a feeling of heat much better than the modern coats and can even be used as a cover during the night. Practical isn’t!

It can be embroidered with sharp colors and be carried by the women as an evening dress "caftan"

author : Mohamed Rebai

this is a photo a men wearing barnousse (barnous)

With the emancipation of the woman Haïk (authentically to the city of Kairouan) disappears more and more (too much cumbersome) and gradually becomes almost non-existent leaving the place to immense Sefsari- women scarf of the natural silk generally (white or yellow). The aim is always the same one to cover themselves and protect themselves from the bad weather and mainly from the glances.

Some “sefsari” of lower quality are manufactured starting from Nylon (synthetic) of 6m X 2,20m which wraps all the body when they go out (more practical).

Weaving can be made with : “swabeaâ” (fingers), “felaya” (fine comb) “nekhil” (palm trees).

It is a traditional vestimentary mode which dissapears out more and more. Nowadays, it is still carried by the women of a certain age.

Types :

  • Sefsari Harir (silk)
  • Sefsari with targuia of black color to cover the face
  • Sefsari with lahfa mesria (Egyptian) longer than the targuia
  • Sefsari with assaba (veil being used to mask the face of the women in Sefsari carried on the face or the head. It is black, out of wool and sometimes red)
author : Mohamed Rebai

but now i think that only the women over 45 years are wearing this kind of clothes.