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An Omani Fashion Designer

Julia M. Al-Zadjali

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia 2010

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Nawal bint Hamed bin Hamid Al-Hooti is an Omani national in her thirties and a self-taught fashion designer. Throughout her youth Nawal had had a love for fashion and began designing at a surprisingly young age, visiting the tailor shop near her home. The Omani people were not always as open to worldly fashions as they are in the early twenty-first century, but since the ascension of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said to the throne in 1970, there have been many social and economic changes in Oman. Na

Omani Dress

Julia M. Al-Zadjali

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia 2010

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The English-speaking travelers of the past referred to Oman as the hidden corner of Arabia, yet Oman was and remains well known to its neighbors. It has an elaborate and rich history in the region, and the striking similarities to Oman’s neighbors that are found in dress throughout the country suggest that Oman has experienced many cultural, trade, and economic friendships over the centuries, which have left their mark. It is only in the early twenty-first century that attention is being paid to

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