CULTURE.

Somali culture.

“The culture of Somalia is an amalgamation of traditions in Somalia that were developed independently and through interaction with neighbouring and far away civilizations, including other parts of Northeast Africa, the Arabian PeninsulaIndia, and Southeast Asia.

The Somali language is the official language of Somalia. It is a member of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family, and its nearest relatives are the Afar and Oromo languages. Somali is the best documented of the Cushitic languages, with academic studies of it dating from before 1900.”

– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Somalia

Attire.

Men.

Do not dress in Westernized clothing such as jeans and t-shirts, Somali men typically wear the macawis (ma’awiis), which is a sarong-like garment worn around the waist. On their heads, they often wrap a colorful turban or wear the koofiyad, an embroidered taqiyah.

Due to Somalia’s proximity to and close ties with the Arabian Peninsula, many Somali men also wear the khamis (kamis in Somali), a long white garment common in the Arab world.

Women

During regular, day-to-day activities, women usually wear the guntiino, a long stretch of cloth tied over the shoulder and draped around the waist. The guntiino is traditionally made out of plain white fabric sometimes featuring decorative colors.

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