Oriental Civilian Complex.

Minimal lavel of stilisation for non reenactor moovements participants.

Rules about the dress code for the Saracens and turcopoles:


So, fortunately traditional clothes of Bedouins and Arabs has not changed much over the centuries:

Jellabiya is a long, ankle-length or mid-calf, shirt. You can buy it in the Arab markets in Jerusalem, Haifa or Jaffa.


The main thing that it have to be made of cotton, not polyester, no breast pocket, and without modern collar, borrowed from European shirts.


Jellabiya can be both long-sleeved and short, but it is better to buy with long sleeves, to protect the arms from the sun.

With some trading skills, you can buy Jellabiya for 60 shekels. Ask moroccan, they generally fit.


Women’s Jellabiya is more like a dress, often has a beautiful embroidery. But it more expensive. If you will spend time and money can find a Bedouin Jellabiya, embroidered by hand.

Under Jellabiya can wear, undershirt shirt, often as an European one, called kameez. It’s can be found at the same place as Jellabiya.


On top, you can wear a cape with short sleeves, or without. Called Aba.

Shalwar, Pants with wide step. Very spacious and comfortable for riding. You can buy it in the “Indian” type stores, “Otenti” or on the same Arab market.


It is advisable here this design:

For clarity in the photographs -13th century Mamluk shalwar (left) and the Central Asian shalwar 8th century.

If you decide to make shalwar for yourself here are a couple of simple patterns:

Turban, a thin strip of cotton cloth 6.8 meters in length, 50 -70 cm width. Fabric – mal in Hebrew or shash in Arabic (ask in the shops in the old Jaffa and Jerusalem “veil mizri”).


How to tie:

They can be bought from the same arabs, for 30 – 60 shekels.

As an option, but not cheap, you can buy moroccan pointy slippers, sold in shops with authentic Moroccan things.

True latter often come with a heel, you will have to cut down the last.




Bag, you can buy it all in the same “Indian” stores. Or sew on a simple pattern:

Two rectangles: one is the front of the bag, bottom, back and cover. Second, it’s a long tape, representing the side walls and the shoulder belt.

Do not forget that you’ll also need flask for water, leather, ceramic, glass, or pumpkin. Wool blankets for the night as well as a wooden bowl and spoon for eating.

As well goblet or other cup for receiving liquids, wood, ceramic or metal. And a knife.

If your intention is to make a better reconstruction of the Muslim complex it’s recommended to read the following material:




Head dress (англ.)

Women will suit cotton or silk scarf, the same as that of the modern Arabs and Bedouins.

Shoes. Note Dresscode forbids the shoe heels! Heel very latest invention!



As the shoes will fit sandals as these:


Aspects of everyday life and material culture in the Levant and beyond brought to life through research, reconstruction and interpretation by Timothy Dawson phd.

Curator of the event:

Genadiy Nizhnik aka Fritz

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