Tunisians celebrate their heritage with stunning traditional costumes

Every year in March, Tunisians commemorate their history by wearing traditional dress to ensure that their past is not forgotten.

As fashion lovers can attest, the clothes we wear represent so much more than the mere thread they are made with. Your attire can make a strong social statement, portray your individual character and, in countries like Tunisia, link you to your family history and national culture.

On 15 March every year, Tunisians celebrate their heritage by donning traditional garments in public. This year was no different, as both men and women proudly donned veils, garbs and elaborate dress on the special date to showcase their commitment to preserve national identity.

Traditional clothing for women varies slightly depending on the region, but a dress known in the area as a ‘kaftan’ is one of the more popular options, with ceremonial costumes featuring embroidery, gems and other precious metals.

Tunisian embroidery is famous for its creativity, with vibrantly coloured threads used in such a creative manner that pieces of clothing are often shown at exhibitions around the world.

Headdresses worn throughout the country are also varied, with some women choosing to wear scarves or veils known as ‘sefseri’, while caps known as ‘chechia’ are another popular option.

Normally wearing simple pants and shirts in everyday wear, Tunisian men wear a ceremonial costume called a ‘jebba’, a long sleeveless tunic worn over a shirt; a vest known as a ‘farmla’ and trousers named ‘sarouel’.

By Sam Carroll

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