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Lebanese dress - 16th century by Majnouna Lebanese dress - 16th century by Majnouna
This is part of a project I left aside for lack of material (the dress gets increasingly complex in the following centuries), but I'll pick it up someday when I find a new research trail. These are the layers making up the dress in the 16th century, as far as I could piece it together. I left out other hairdos, though. Maronites for instance wore a striped turban, and Jews a red cap with a rounded peak (they used to wear yellow turbans so large the Turks ended up forbidding them to wear turbans altogether).
Ottoman influence is obvious from this time on, but the sherwal is not a Turkish borrowing – rather the other way around, as it came from Persia many centuries ago.
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LoMbIeGuRl Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Artist
Argh! its so hard to find clothing from the 16th century in Lebanon and even for the whole of the Middle East that its ridiculous! I'm so glad that I found this though! its inspired me to just keep finding things until they show up :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I agree, it's near impossible! Glad this helps, wish I could spend more time researching and illustrating them.
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LoMbIeGuRl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student Artist
Sorry for the late reply! X amount of months later and here I am replying to things... Goodness!

Also... I plan on doing some drawings in related to Lebanese dress (I made a human representation of Lebanon three-four years back) would it be alright if I look at your artworks in relation to the Lebanese graces on your website? As a guide? Don't worry! I will be sure to credit back to you when and if I am ever done with them and they're posted.

If you don't want me to, I completely understand! As I said, it's extremely hard to find any sort of clothing in relation to Lebanon these days. Your artwork is truly amazing and inspiring!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
You can certainly do that! I myself based them on historical drawings. Sadly my source was mediocre and published them without any indication of context, so I don't have as much info on them as I would like, but if you need some clothing details clarified for you, feel free to ask. If I know I'll be glad to share :D
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LoMbIeGuRl Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student Artist
Thank you so much! I've found a few historical paintings myself, so I've already found a reference or two on Lebanese clothing throughout the ages. I'll be sure to ask if I need anything!
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Madi-Q Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010   Filmographer
My God! This is BRILLIANT! (That's "brilliant" with big, bold, capital, multi-coloured neon letters ^_^) I've been trying to find information like this for.......... AGES! How did you come across it? WHERE did you come across it?

I find that finding information like this just adds dimension to history books where there's just political info etc etc etc. Finding things like little habits, clothes, formalities of interaction and all that are just as interesting but it's a pity that they are left out and ignored far more often.

Thank you SOOOO much for putting this up. This is food for creativity for me. Right! Where's that pencil of mine! :excited:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Sorry for the late response! I'm very glad to see such appreciation for this! I only wish I had the time to see this project through to completion, as we badly need such references :( One day I really hope. I'm having a hard time finding resources (largely for lack of time to invest into this) but I managed to scrounge some books (not informative, just illustrative) and images together, and I got my hand on ONE brilliant, in-depth article by Emir Maurice Chehab that allowed me to make sense of the images. But there are sitll many gaps I need to fill for other time periods etc.
That's for Lebanon though. For other cultures it can be vastly easier!
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forindet Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
interesting ;)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
I sure hope so! ;)
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Still-AteS Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
GReat Detail... Ottoman Power
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SaoirseFire Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
I'm not sure if I've commented on this yet.

This is so awesome. I wish there was more stuff like this on dA.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks, these tend to be underappreciated :)
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EPBJewelry Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Student General Artist
This is very helpful! I've been trying to learn more of Lebanese culture, and even Wikipedia hasn't helped when it comes to things like "ancient" fashion :( I look forward to looting your gallery for more info! :D
You're a wonderful resource for things like this- I have faved a lot of your stuff and I thought I had watched you already... *does so now :heart:*
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks for your interest! I'm always surprised when someone is trying to learn more about Lebanese culture, lol. You won't find much online, I've been trying to put it out there myself but there's just not enough time to complete and process the research right now.
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EPBJewelry Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Student General Artist
Well, I found out a few years ago that my father was Lebanese, so ever since I have wanted to learn more abut the culture. I've always had an interest in middle eastern things, though^^"
And yeah, there's hardly anything online! And I don't really know anyone I could ask :<
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
Ooh, that would explain it! You might want to check out my website, I have a section on Lebanon: [link]
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EPBJewelry Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow, thank you so much, your site is great! You've put a lot of work into it :heart:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
:)
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That's cool :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Glad you think so!
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ekremyetim Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006  Professional General Artist
:D
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Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006  Student General Artist
It's very interesting. :)
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rdl Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
This is so cool looking, the Chinese and Japanese etc... had nothing on the Lebanese in the stylish and design of their dress :D
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futurowoman Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006   Photographer
gorgeous! if i had the money, i'd commission you to do a series on the 19th century dress of women in the various palestinian villages....(if you'd be interested.) however, i don't have the cash now...maybe in the future.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Professional General Artist
Aw, no worries :) I actually already did such a series (Palestinian village dress), as part of my Graces (the mixed media traditional costumes series, some are posted in my early gallery).
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sailormars22 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow the garment are simple yet complex! I bet it would take a lot of time and yardage material wise to re-create these elaborate pieces!
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smalldeus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
Awesome! I often wondered just how these clothes looked and how you got them on. And these look quite elegant, much more than the jeans and t-shirts of today :nod:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006  Professional General Artist
Yeah, wish we still wore these daily!
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blackzer0 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
It's true that the women's clothing does have a Far East feel to it, down to the solid shoes used inside.
The shrésheeb on the lady's sash look odd with that straight horizontal way they're cut at the bottom, when the sash itself is curved. But that's my only nitpick.

Leather socks, yeesh! That's almost as bad as when people today wear shoes without socks.

You know what I really like? I like how you did those yellow scribbles on the man's outer clothing. Minimal, conveying and cute :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Professional General Artist
You're right, it looked weird to me too, but since it's a half-finished project I posted it in the state I found it in. This would need a lot of work to reach a final form.
Yeah, ugh, I couldn't tolerate that..
Oh, good :D
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deviantLEBANON Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
Can this be included in the group gallery? :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Professional General Artist
Yeah, sure.
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colormepurple Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
very interesting, thank you for sharing your knowledge.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006  Professional General Artist
Sure.
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blackzer0 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
I just clapped my hands, now what?
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colormepurple Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
then you've just had a moment to rejoice in the mere blessing you have that is to read :p
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blackzer0 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
This sentence made my head hurt!
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colormepurple Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
ah well.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Your knowledge of things like this leaves me awestruck!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006  Professional General Artist
Hehe.
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Vegvisir Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006   General Artist
Great styles and the history is very interesting! I could just see the men in crouded places with large turbans bumping into each other ;) I love your little characters! I imagine them being around you all the time, helping you with your ideas and tasks. :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006  Professional General Artist
What a cute image :D
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Marie-Aude Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006
Did women have the same jewels as in Morocco ? Some pins to attach the sleeves high on the shoulder so that they could work ?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
To my knowledge the jewels were not similar at all. I haven't seen any trace of this pin used in our regions. Then again, documents are relatively rare.
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Marie-Aude Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006
I was just wondering, then did they wear such robes to do the cooking ?:)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006  Professional General Artist
The women who wore such robes in precious materials were not likely to work. From what I've seen, however, women who worked in the fields or at home wore pretty much the same thing, but in regular material that ddn't fear wear and tear. They probably removed the outer coat when at home though.
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Marie-Aude Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
Yes that makes sense :) It's easier to remove an outer coat than a djellabah, as women wore in Morocco.

As far as I understand, these jewels are mainly used in weddings ceremonies. The seventh day, the bride cooks and makes tea for the whole family, still in her wedding garments. So she needs something to tie them, and this "binding" is made by the mother-in-law, and it's also a symbol of being tied to your new family. I don't know whether it's specific to north africa...
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Vampiric-Conure Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006
OH! I like making my own dresses based off of clothing in the middle ages. This will give me ideas to play with originating in other countries and other centuries. Wooohoo! Thanx!

PS.. how can you tell I'm an artist?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
That's good.
I don't know...
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