Tuaregs: Sahara’s blue men

The fashion styles symbolize the nomadic culture and traditions of the Tuaregs.

Image Credit, Juan Martinez

caption,

The fashion styles symbolize the nomadic culture and traditions of the Tuaregs.

Daraa or boubou du sahara, a long, loose cloak, and roofing must, a fabric veil used as a turban, are two essential garments for the traditionally nomadic men of the Sahara.

Image Credit, Juan Martinez

caption,

The Daraa and the tackle patterns are two essential garments for the traditionally nomadic men in the Sahara

To read especially on BBC Africa:

Dressed for tough conditions

The North African origin of this garment dates back hundreds of years, to the 7th and 8th centuries, when trans-Saharan trade began between sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa. And while some locals claim that this garment symbolizes people’s shyness and modesty, most agree that its primary function is to protect against the sun, as well as the region’s frequent sandstorms.

Leave a Comment