YEMEN

Very important when admiring other cultures to keep things in social context - Yemen is considered one of the poorest countries in the Arab world and has been war-stricken for many years now. The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is one of the worst in the world. Where there is poverty there is hunger. So ofc it’s easy to view these photos and appreciate the beauty in their culture but you know what’s also really easy and makes a huge difference? Sending some money to help out. If you want to take any inspiration from these looks you better be sending some money to help the survival of the culture that created them!!! (If you can, of course)

I found a Mercy Corps link that seems like a good one -

https://www.mercycorps.org/donate/urgent-families-facing-famine-yemen

None of my 10% charities are currently towards the crisis in Yemen so a direct donation is the best route! They accept paypal so they make it easy!! (Unfortunately donations below $5 are not accepted - if you’d like to order something from me and donate to Yemen instead of one of the causes I have listed, let me know in the order notes and I’ll personally cover the difference).

While browsing through Instagram one day I came across the account of a guy I knew-ish in LA, a very chic man who I loosely associate with large fancy expensive hats and other such things. His name is Sebastian Hull and he had posted on his account a photo of a Yemeni goat herder who was GI.V.INGGG. TRAD.ITI.ON..AL. G.O.A.T. HERDING. CHIC.MOTHERFUCKING.NESS. NESS. So of course, I had to dive deep into google and learn more abt Yemeni fashion.

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These hats are giving me heart palpitations I swear

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Jewish bride from Sana'a, Yemen

Jewish bride from Sana'a, Yemen

“Because the wedding ceremony lasts for three days, the bride will change three different outfits. Beforehand, during the cleansing and beauty treatments, the brides have to wear traditional green dresses; the next day, as they attend the hair dressers, they wear a red dress with gold strings. Every time they are in public, they need to wear different gold veils and gold jewelry. They have to wear as many as possible (must be really heavy!), actually, they have to wear every single piece of gold jewelry they possess. On their wedding day, the brides from Yemen usually wear gold and white veils and a marvelous and spectacular headpiece.”

“Because the wedding ceremony lasts for three days, the bride will change three different outfits. Beforehand, during the cleansing and beauty treatments, the brides have to wear traditional green dresses; the next day, as they attend the hair dressers, they wear a red dress with gold strings. Every time they are in public, they need to wear different gold veils and gold jewelry. They have to wear as many as possible (must be really heavy!), actually, they have to wear every single piece of gold jewelry they possess. On their wedding day, the brides from Yemen usually wear gold and white veils and a marvelous and spectacular headpiece.”

Yemenite Jewish bride

Yemenite Jewish bride

Guy on the left is wearing a headpiece full of real flowers

Guy on the left is wearing a headpiece full of real flowers

“Antique Yemeni silver kohl boxes, traditionally worn on Djambiya (Dagger) Belt. Yemen.”

“Antique Yemeni silver kohl boxes, traditionally worn on Djambiya (Dagger) Belt. Yemen.”

“Tribal female headdress in traditional Yemeni style, ca. 1920s. Silver with carnelian stone insets and black fabric.”

“Tribal female headdress in traditional Yemeni style, ca. 1920s. Silver with carnelian stone insets and black fabric.”

xxx Sideara

p.s. This was actually going to be one post of a few different cultures but due to the crisis in Yemen it felt wrong, so the traditional German costumes will wait! Stay posted!

sideara st claire