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Eritrea

Peri M. Klemm

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

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Nine ethnic groups live in the mountain and lowland regions of Eritrea and identify equally as OrthodoxChristian and Sunni Muslim. Eritrean inhabitants speak both Cushitic and Semitic languages. The Tigrinya and Tigre peoples of the Eritrean highlands make up 80 percent of the population. Women of the highlands traditionally wear the zuria, a long, white, handwoven, undyed cotton dress with long sleeves and thick bands of colorful embroidery at the chest, hem, and sleeves. When the zuria is elabo

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