Sheikhs of chic: Dubai dudes do fashion

Pakistani author Bina Shah writes to VO of her travels to the UAE and her experience with Gulfi men's fashion. 

DUBAI, UAE -- Malls in Dubai are full of shops selling women's garments like abayas and shelas, but today for the first time I came across a store that catered to men's traditional clothing tastes.

Rows of keffiyahs -- traditional headscarves -- decorated the displays and shop walls. I had always thought the keffiyehs were specifically the red and white checked ones (the traditional keffiyeh pattern is printed on the handkerchiefs pictured below), but I found out that the white ones and the other ones also qualify. It became fashionable to wear the black and white ones after Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat made them famous. The white is the basic, while the other colors can signify different tribal affiliations and nationalities. Underneath the keffiyah you would wear a white cap called a taqiya, to hold down your hair.

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