Bisht

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Country: Saudi Arabia
CloakIndustry

Bisht is an over cloth worn as a formal outfit. It can be found in the Gulf countries and sometimes in Iraq, Jordan and Syria.

The bisht is worn in weddings, festivals, important occasions and by those who come to pay their respects in funerals. But some wear it on a regular or even daily basis. This means that the market for bisht is healthy. Most men require more than one. And shops selling bisht can be found in all cities and even some towns.

There are many types of bisht depending on the embroidery and the materials used, but the best would be the one produced in al ahasa region in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The general unspoken rule is that cotton cloth is used for the summer and wool for winter. The most common design would use golden threads, but silver, cotton and wool can also be used to make the embroidery. Cheaper bishts are made for children.

The first step in the process is to cut the cotton or wool fabric to the desired size. These are then sewn together and ornaments éü embroidered on the tips and corners. The main embroidery is then sewn from the neck to the chest. The bottom half is normally kept attached with light thread on the length of the bisht. Normally the bisht is sold in two pieces—top and bottom. It is sewn lightly so the buyer can adjust the length (called khabn). Usually, this is done in the store.

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