Kay Hardy Campbell











 

Khaliji Women's 'Thobe al-Nashal' - I currently have a small selection available for sale. The photographs below are of thobes that are sold. If you are interested in purchasing a thobe nashal please contact me here.

Multicolored thobe frontOrange thobe front
Multi-colored T hobe Nashal, traditional in the Khalij (Arabian Gulf countries).

Arabian women's costumes are colorful, surprising in their variety, and distinguished by their complex, admirable embroidery and handwork. Women in many parts of the Gulf will don a colorful embroidered 'overdress', known as a thobe when attending special occasions such as women's wedding party. Women wear them over their party dresses for dancing.  

In Arabic, the term thobe means 'long garment'. It is used to describe both the women's dancing gown as well as the long white garment worn by Saudi men. Specialized terms for the women's party thobe include thobe nashaal, thobe mukhattam, thobe mugassab (brocade), and thobe tulli (made of tulle). 

When I teach classes in Gulf women's folk dance (Khaliji style), I'm often asked how long a thobe should be. Although the back panels are meant to drag on the floor, the front panel should fall at floor length (a little longer or shorter is OK). The sleeves should be long enough to reach your wrist. Longer sleeves are fine, since they are typically bunched up on your arm. Shorter sleeves are less than ideal, but can work since you should be wearing long-sleeves under your thobe. To learn more about traditional Arabian women's costume, I recommend Heather Colyer Ross's book The Art of Arabian Costume: A Saudi Arabian Profile. Players Press, 1993.

To see video clips of women from the Gulf dancing and singing in traditional thobes, visit my blog .

At the moment, I have the following thobes for sale. All were made in India. If you have any questions or would like a size and color I don't have in stock, e-mail me here. Also if your troupe would like to place an order for a set of matching thobes, please contact me and I'll put you in touch with my supplier.

Thobes are priced at $195 each - FREE SHIPPING to addresses in Continental U.S. (for orders outside Continental U.S. please e-mail me for shipping).

If you are interested in purchasing a thobe, simply send me an email. Specify the thobe(s) you're interested in along with your name and shipping address. I will reply with payment instructions.

Multi-color with Gold and Silver Embroidery
Multicolored thobe front
Multicolored thobe back


Size:
     Vertical Length*        60"
     Horizontal Width**     55"
The fabric of this thobe is sturdy, yet soft polyester.

Price: $195.00 - free shipping to Continental U.S.

To purchase send me an email. Specify the thobe(s) you're interested in along with your name and shipping address. I will reply with payment instructions.

Multicolored Thobe Closeup
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Vertical Length: the distance from the middle of the neck opening (approximately where your shoulder would fall) to the bottom of the front panel. The front panel should reach the floor. The back will drag on the floor.
**
Horizontal Width: the distance from the outer edge of one sleeve to the other. You might think of this as the thobe's wing span.  

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Orange with Gold Embroidery
Orange thobe front
Orange thobe back


Size:
    Vertical Length*      59"
    Horizontal Width**   54"

Price: $195.00 - free shipping for Continental U.S.

To purchase send me an email. Specify the thobe(s) you're interested in along with your name and shipping address. I will reply with payment instructions.

Orange Thobe Closeup
*
Vertical Length: the distance from the middle of the neck opening (approximately where your shoulder would fall) to the bottom of the front panel. The front panel should reach the floor. The back will drag on the floor.
**
Horizontal Width: the distance from the outer edge of one sleeve to the other. You might think of this as the thobe's wing span.  

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Dark Green with Gold Embroidery
dark green thobe front
dark green thobe back


Size:
    Vertical Length*      56"
    Horizontal Width**   54"

Price: $195.00 - free shipping for Continental U.S.

To purchase send me an email. Specify the thobe(s) you're interested in along with your name and shipping address. I will reply with payment instructions.

Dark green thobe closeup
*
Vertical Length: the distance from the middle of the neck opening (approximately where your shoulder would fall) to the bottom of the front panel. The front panel should reach the floor. The back will drag on the floor.
**
Horizontal Width: the distance from the outer edge of one sleeve to the other. You might think of this as the thobe's wing span.  

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Turquoise-Teal with Gold Embroidery
Turquoise Teal Thobe Front
Turquoise Teal Thobe Back


Size:
    Vertical Length*      57"
    Horizontal Width**   54"

Price: $195.00 - free shipping for Continental U.S.

To purchase send me an email. Specify the thobe(s) you're interested in along with your name and shipping address. I will reply with payment instructions.

*
Vertical Length: the distance from the middle of the neck opening (approximately where your shoulder would fall) to the bottom of the front panel. The front panel should reach the floor. The back will drag on the floor.
**
Horizontal Width: the distance from the outer edge of one sleeve to the other. You might think of this as the thobe's wing span.  

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Purple with Gold Embroidery
purple thobe front
purple thobe back


Size:
    Vertical Length*      58"
    Horizontal Width**   53"

Price: $195.00 - free shipping for Continental U.S.

To purchase send me an email. Specify the thobe(s) you're interested in along with your name and shipping address. I will reply with payment instructions.

purple thobe closeup
*
Vertical Length: the distance from the middle of the neck opening (approximately where your shoulder would fall) to the bottom of the front panel. The front panel should reach the floor. The back will drag on the floor.
**
Horizontal Width: the distance from the outer edge of one sleeve to the other. You might think of this as the thobe's wing span.  

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Maroon-Purple with Gold Embroidery
maroon thobe front
maroon thobe back


Size:
    Vertical Length*     60"
    Horizontal Width**   55"

Price: $195.00 - free shipping for Continental U.S.

To purchase send me an email. Specify the thobe(s) you're interested in along with your name and shipping address. I will reply with payment instructions.

maroon thobe close up
*
Vertical Length: the distance from the middle of the neck opening (approximately where your shoulder would fall) to the bottom of the front panel. The front panel should reach the floor. The back will drag on the floor.
**
Horizontal Width: the distance from the outer edge of one sleeve to the other. You might think of this as the thobe's wing span.  

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