Yesterday I wore my abaya, which is like a black dress that is worn over one’s clothing. Typically, women in Oman wear this over their clothing when they go out (it is not worn in one’s own house, though frequently, women keep their abayas on when they go to someone else’s house if they are not staying for too long or if they are not very close with the people who live in the house they are in). I love my abaya because it’s quite comfy and it makes getting dressed so much easier (you can literally just wear your pajamas all day, and no one would know!). That’s not to say that everyone wears their pajamas under their abayas; many women wear elaborate dresses underneath. Abayas are paired with a hijab. I have one that I got made with my abaya (typically one goes to a tailor to get an abaya made, but you can also find ready-made ones as well), but I like to add some color and variety with different scarves. There are also all types of abaya designs (all kinds of prints, beading, lace, shapes, ones that open in the front, etc), so people get pretty fashionable with their abayas! I’ve grown to love them (they are so pretty!) and it has definitely helped me blend in when I go out with my host family.
Today I wore another Omani house dress (used similar to the house dress from Salalah, but its shape is different). This is my favorite house dress that I own; it’s so comfy and colorful. Kirby has an almost identical one!
Today I wore a house dress that my host mother gave to me. It is a house dress from Salalah, which is in the southern Omani providence of Dohar. The dress is distinguishable as being from Salalah, because the back of the dress is longer than the front (like a high-low dress!).
I seriously have the sweetest Arabic teacher! Today she surprised us with necklaces from Jordan (she is from Jordan), each of us getting a necklace with our name in Arabic. I am in love with my necklace and am SO excited, because I have really wanted a necklace with my name written in Arabic. What a great surprise!!
Since I barely have any time left here, I have to wear all my Omani clothes as much as possible! So be ready for lots of outfits of the day!
Kirby and I are both wearing Omani house dresses that women wear for nicer events or when visiting someone else’s house. We bought them in a village called Ibra together (got to practice our bargaining skills!) and these dresses come in a wide array of colors and designs. I love how colorful they are– and super comfy, which is a big plus.
Here’s from another day, when we all wore our house dresses, to give an idea of the variety that exists.