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Bisht (clothing)

King Faisal of Saudi Arabia shakes hands with President Richard Nixon of the United States, while wearing a black bisht, in 1974.

A bisht (Arabic: بِشت) is a traditional Arabic men’s cloak popular in Arabia and some Arab countries. It is essentially a flowing outer cloak made of wool, worn over the thobe. Unlike the thobe, it is usually black, brown, beige, cream or grey in colour. As winters are warm in this region, the bisht is usually only worn for prestige on special occasions such as weddings, or festivals such as Eid, or for Friday prayer. In Iraq it is worn by tribal chiefs. The bisht is also worn by East African nobility, including tribal chiefs, kings, and imams, over a kanzu or tunic.

In Saudi Arabia, the Bisht of quality is made of camel hair.

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