Burnous

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Urban Algerian man wearing a burnous, 19th century
A French Spahi uniform ca. 1960 with a distinctive white burnous

A burnous (Berber: ⴰⴱⵔⵏⵓⵙ, Arabic: برنس ‎‎) also spelled "burnoose", or "bournous"; from the berber "abernus" is a long cloak of coarse woollen fabric with a hood, usually white in color, worn by the Berbers. In North-Africa, the colour of the Burnous is white, beige or dark brown. The white Burnous is worn during important events and by people with high positions.[1]

Burnous in other cultures[edit]

The burnous became a distinctive part of the uniform of the French Army of Africa's Spahi cavalry; recruited in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. It was also sometimes worn unofficially by officers or soldiers of other units in North Africa. The white burnous remains part of the parade uniform of the one remaining spahi regiment of the French Army: the 1st Spahi Regiment.

Other names for a burnous include albornoz, sbernia, sberna, and bernusso.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Encyclopédie du costume: des peuples de l'Antiquité à nos jours ainsi que, Nouvelles editions latines. Maurice Cottaz. (1990). Page 80. ISBN 2-7233-0421-3. Date:02-08-2016.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Burnus at Wikimedia Commons