Guthra is the headscarf worn by the males. The most popular colours are the plain white or the red and white checks but there are other colours like maroon, gray and black. The red and white checks are common to bedouins like what I have seen in Al Wagan, where most of the bedouins of Al Ain resides. Before I took these photos, I asked one of the the tailors if I can touch and feel the clothing and gladly he gave me one of the guthras on display for free (Thanks Mr. tailorman). Guthra's cloth is very soft and it feels so light.
Egal is the black rope that fixes the guthra in place. Some egals has dangling ropes ( aside from the round plain ropes) to accentuate the beauty of the guthra.
I've noticed that most of the younger emaratis, especially in Dubai and central Abu Dhabi, do not wear their egal ( they like to wear jeans and shirts too) and they tie their guthra in a different way. They call it hamdaniya and this is what it looks like:
That's all about the guthra and egal. Will post about the Na-aal sometime next week.
Word of the day: malaabis is the arabic word for clothes. Salaam to all!