Dishdasha Shopping & Tailoring Guide


To be honest, I have very little experience when it comes to buying and tailoring a dishdasha because I only wear them during celebrations and formalities (eid, weddings, etc…) but I’m aware that there are Kuwaitis who are on the same boat as I am, so I decided to put this together. Feel free to point out mistakes, contribute, etc.. by leaving a comment.

Where to Buy
The most famous place is Souq Al Aqmisha in “the city” (Don’t ask, I always get lost there!) It’s very common that the shops which sell the fabric also tailor dishdashas for you.

The most talented and crafted tailors are Iranians although some might argue that indian or pakistani tailors with a lot of experience are just as good. I’ve also heard there are It may take anywhere form 2 to 6 days to tailor a single dishdasha depending on the number of customers.

The most expensive fabric (softest texture) is the Spanish fabric. Other fabrics are from Japan, UK and Saudi Arabia (very silk-like). I don’t recall how much the Spanish fabric costs but it’s a hefty price. It takes anywhere from 3 to 5 meters of fabric per adult per dishdasha for tailoring. Not too sure if they’re pure cotton, wool or a mixture of polymers.

They range from dark black/blue/brown/grey shades to light blue and especially a broad range of yellows. The most popular colors are white or off-white during the summer, while winter is reserved for the darker shades.

If you’re having your dishdasha tailored, you can have it made with one or two buttons for your collar and choose to have them exposed or hidden. Some people opt for cuffs as well, but that’s out of the traditional.

This is basically the gahfiya, gitra, shmagh or ogal. It’s been said that the Turkish ogal is the most popular kind (comes in different thicknesses) and lasts the longest.

Roughly 15 KD per dishdasha? Plus 8 KD gitra and I don’t recall how much the 3gal went for.

The Whole Picture
Dishdashas are worn with black/white socks and black/brown shoes, along with a classy watch, for formalities. For a more casual look, a sandal will do. Some men carry a misbah (islamic beads) made from certain gemstones (I don’t know their names!!).

More Topics?

  • Bedtime/Home dishdashas
  • Dishdasha styles in other arab countries
  • How to wear a gitra! (Needs an entire page of its own!)

3 thoughts on “Dishdasha Shopping & Tailoring Guide

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  2. Hi 3baid.
    I am a non-muslim living in los angeles i am trying to about kuwaiti culture as much as i can from the web. I am glad I found your website. What can you tell me about Kuwaiti misbah beads are they used only by men? Would you say the red and white shemagh is more formal than the white/off-white ones?


    • Hi prasanna,

      Glad you found my post helpful. Misbah beeds are used by both men and women, but men usually have them as a tradition (usually more colorful too) while women carry them for religious purposes.

      As for the shmagh, white is used mostly during the summer, because they’re lightweight and cool, while red is used during winter because the fabric tends to be thicker and warmer. Some people even wrap the red shmagh over their faces (as a mask) to combat the dry breezes.

      Formality depends on the way you wear the ghitra. You can let it hang down on your shoulders (formal) or fold it messily above your head (informal).

      Hope this answers your questions.

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