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Ībn Mūneer Āl-Feylī

Length of dishdasha in different countries

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Fashion semiotics and theory of beauty play an important role at shaping our clothing.

In the Middle East, inherited from Jewish tradition, large lengthy garments are not only to protect someone from physical dangers, but from spiritual ones. This is commom, for instance, in Hasidic Jews.

In the other hand, you may find that length is a sign of elegance in clothing. Examples can be found in sleeves, coats and suits.

Fashion is not always reasonable and practical, that's why I mentioned semiotics and theory of beauty.

There are elements in design, as surprising as it may sound, that are common and universal to all cultures, shapes and length and the message they convey are examples of that. You will find that symmetry, certain straight lines around the neck (as the ones found in a suit) and length in clothing are a symbol of elegance in all cultures in all times.

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4 hours ago, Ībn Mūneer Āl-Feylī said:

I notice every country they have different preferable lengths of dishdasha. In Iraq they like to have it below the ankle, I find it odd as they have little to no reasoning behind why they do it. 

Probably depends on if you have a tailor to make your dishdasha according to your precise height or if you buy it from a store and the length does not really fit you. Basically, the length should not be too long or it will touch the sole of your shoe and get dirty. 

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