Art and Culture
| A fashion
that Reflects Flamboyance |
fashion that is lucky enough to fall under the influence of three
civilizations are certain to be an extraordinary blend of style
sits at the crossroads of three worlds, Arab, Mediterranean and
African, and Algerian fashion has long been influenced by the
fact that its unique location has been a place of historic meetings
surprisingly, Algerian designers have succeeded in combining the
culture traditions with the influence of the environment of the
country. These influences have found their way into the fashion
industry and have foreshadowed several changes in the choice of
color, design and pattern.
costume in particular, successfully combines the modesty required
under the Islamic law, with the flamboyance, utility and elegance.
There is a strong emphasis on intricate decoration and colors.
The use of colorful fabrics for clothing stands out against the
predominant surrounding earth tones and the Algerian woman has
kept her love for color and brightly colored patterns. Reds, yellows,
greens and blues as well as many other color combinations are
combined and finely embroidered with gold and silver threads.
Karakou is a typical traditional dress and incorporates a velvet
jacket embroidered in gold and silver worn with the traditional
saroual (Arab pants) and comes from Algiers, the capital of Algeria.
Blousa from Tlemcen, West Algeria is a full-length, straight-cut
dress made entirely from lace and sequined chest.
Djeba Fergani is the traditional dress from Constantine in the
eastern side of the country. This dress is always made with velvet
and embroidered by gold and silver thread. The sleeves can be
made of lace. In the central region of Tizi-ouzou, the dress is
mainly made from cotton and is completely embroidered at the neck
and bodice as well as at the wrists. However, it is at wedding
and other special occasions that these traditional dresses do
justice to the affair. Distinctive jewelry is also worn.
proof of innovation, many designers and dress-makers have succeeded
in modernizing the traditional dresses of Algeria and adapting
them to modern practical and functional clothes.
fact that these forms of traditional dresses are still used is
a tribute to its comfort and suitability for the climate. It also
points to the pride that Algerians take in the tradition of their
ancestors and their identity in the modern world.