He wears a dishdasha, a simple, ankle-length, collarless gown with long sleeves, the male national dress in Oman. Its main adornment is a tassel (furakha) sewn into the neckline, which can be impregnated with perfume. Underneath the dishdasha, a plain, wide strip of cloth is worn, wrapped around the body from the waist down. The most noted regional differences in dishdasha designs are the style with which they are embroidered, which varies according to age group. On formal occasions, the dishdasha may be covered by a black or beige cloak, called a bisht.
Omani men may wear a variety of head dresses. The muzzar is a square of finely woven woollen or cotton fabric, wrapped and folded into a turban. Underneath this, the kummar, an intricately embroidered cap, is sometimes worn. The shal, a long strip of cloth acting as a holder for the khanjar (a silver, hand-crafted knife or dagger) may be made from the same material as the muzzar.
About the stamp
Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the 14th-generation descendant of the founder of the Al Bu Sa'idi dynasty. He rose to power after overthrowing his father, Said bin Taimur, in a palace coup in 1970, and changed the name of the country from Muscat and Oman to the Sultanate of Oman, establishing as political system the absolute monarchy.
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Oman - Wikipedia
National Dress - Men - Oman net
sender: Cresalde Jumbas Victoriano (direct swap)
sent from Muscat (Oman), on 02.03.2013