Mlāyah: (Syrian colloquial Arabic, lit. ‘sheet’ in Modern Standard Arabic) a woman garment traditionally worn in Syria, similar to the men’s (abāyah) cloak but consisting of two pieces of cloth connected with stitching in the middle. Worn with a belt, the lower part becomes a skirt and the upper part draped above the head as a veil. The mlāyah was worn as an outer garment, mostly black in Damascus, Aleppo, and Beirut. Across the Maghreb and Andalusia the garment was also known as (ḥāyik), (talhīfah), (milḥafah), (safsārī), (sharshaf).