Some Jordanians wear modern clothes while others wear traditional clothes. Some women wear a jilbab. It is a long, loose-fitting dress. Some also cover their hair with a scarf called a hijab.
Traditional Jordanian clothes were very colourful. You can see clothes below that are being sold in shops as well as vintage clothes that are in the Museum of Folklore. Cotton and synthetic material is often used in modern dresses but in long ago silk, goat hair and wool was used to make dressed. They are embroidered with beautiful designs. Some dresses were even decorated with shells.
Women wore jewellery made of beads, semi-precious stones and silver. Some of the jewellery was made with blue beads as it was thought that the colour blue protected the wearer from the Evil Eye. Other stones were thought to cure or prevent illnesses. Sometimes stones were worn because they were thought to bring the wearer good luck. The jewellery below includes coral, amber and agate. Bracelets, anklets, rings, chokers, hair clasps and head disks were worn.
Source: The Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions & Jordan Folklore Museum
Men's traditionally wore thobes. During the summer the men wear usually a white thobe. It is worn over long white trousers. During the winter the men wear thobes that are made of heavier material. They are often grey, brown, navy or black. They cover their heads with an embroided cap called a ghafiya. The ghafiya is covered with a folded square cloth called the ghutra. The ghutra is held in place with a double black coil called the iqal.