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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 :)
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.
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!
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
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!
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:
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!
forindet Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
interesting ;)
Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
I sure hope so! ;)
Still-AteS Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
GReat Detail... Ottoman Power
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