Fouta towel

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Tunisian fouta

The fouta (also spelled futa[1]) is a piece of thin patterned cotton or linen fabric used in many Mediterranean countries and Yemen[1][2], originally Tunisian. Among other uses, they were worn, by both men and women, wrapped around the body while at the public baths in 19th-century Syria.[3] In Algeria, conservative women wore the fouta draped over their sarouel garment.[4] Similarly, in some parts of southern Saudi Arabia, men would wear the fouta as a loincloth beneath their thawb robes, or just by itself while relaxing at home.[5] Foutas are widely used today in the occidental world as Turkish bath towels (hammam towels) or even beach towels.

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  1. ^ a b Maarten de Wolf (21 June 2016). "Yemeni Dress: Photographing the Yemen Culture and Customs". Apogee Photo Magazine.
  2. ^ Olga Engelhardt (23 April 2007). "Yemeni, wearing the skirt called "futa"". Flickr.
  3. ^ Alexander Russell (1794). The Natural History of Aleppo and Parts Adjacent ... pp. 379–. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  4. ^ Laurence Benaïm (2001). Le Pantalon: Une Histoire en Marche. Vilo International. ISBN 978-2-84576-035-6. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  5. ^ Sherifa Zuhur (31 October 2011). Saudi Arabia. ABC-CLIO. pp. 339–. ISBN 978-1-59884-571-6. Retrieved 3 September 2013.