Tuaregs: the blue men of the Sahara

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The fashion styles symbolize the nomadic culture and traditions of the Tuaregs.

The daraa or boubou du sahara, a long, loose robe, and the tagelmusts, a cloth veil used as a turban, are two essential items of clothing for the traditionally nomadic men of the Sahara.

photo credit, Juan Martinez

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The daraa and the tagelmusts are two essential pieces of clothing for the traditionally nomadic men of the Sahara

To read specifically on BBC Africa:

Dressed for tough conditions

The North African origins of this garment go back hundreds of years, to the 7th and 8th centuries, when trans-Saharan trade began between sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa. And while some locals argue that this garment symbolizes people’s shyness and modesty, most agree that its primary function is to protect against the sun and the region’s frequent sandstorms.

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