In the previous post, we looked at the thawb, ‘a loosely comfortable garment with graceful lines that is an over-garment worn by women all around the Arabian Peninsula.’ This robe or tunic is worn over a qamis or kandurah (undergarment or dress). In this post, we take a closer look at the kandurah.
Origin and background
The qamis, from which the kandurah has developed, is a simple practical garment worn by both men and women. It ranges from mid-thigh to floor length and can have long or short sleeves. According to historians this form of dress migrated from the Arabian Peninsula to other cultures with the Islamic faith. A good example of this is the national dress of Pakistan. The qamis is always worn over pants and not tucked in as is the western custom. In some parts of the Arab world, women wore their qamis shorter, only reaching down to the knees.