A thawb or thobe, dishdasha, kandura, khameez, or Suriyah in Libya is an ankle-length garment, usually with long sleeves, similar to a robe.
The word thawb/ thobe is the standard Arabic word for 'a garment'. It is sometimes spelt thobe or thaub. It is used specifically for this garment in the Gulf States. However, in the United Arab Emirates, the word kandura is more common. In the Levant, dishdasha is the most common word for the garment.
There has been some debate regarding the correct length of the thawb/ thobe. In the orthodox view of muslim dresscode, the length should be somewhat shorter than the ankle.
The style of the thawb/ thobe varies slightly among the various regions within the Gulf. The sleeves and the collar can be stiffened to give a more formal appearance. In Morocco, the sleeves tend to be a lot shorter so that the thawb/thobe may seem more like a long T-shirt and is locally called gandora. Also the neck tends to be more open that in its Saudi counterpart and is often embroidered as is the chest pocket. Also it might lack buttons altogether.
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