Photographer's Note

The scene from Omani souk that I liked. Hopefully, you will like it too.

The kuma and massar, two forms of headdress, are both a large part of Omani men’s national dress. Because of the sultan’s work to maintain the cultural heritage of Oman, people not only wear these traditional garments often, but are incredibly proud of them. It is common throughout the Middle East to see men wearing headdresses, but depending on the region, you will find great variations in style and form. The kuma is a specially sized (as opposed to one size fits all) hand-embroidered cap that has small holes throughout the embroidery which help keep the head cool in the hot Omani sun.

The massar is an embroidered wool turban which is worn tied neatly around the head. Some tie it over a kuma to give the massar more structure. It is made in Kashmir, India.

You could see men wearing massars in my previous pictures of sword dancers.

Another view of the souk and women in the souk in Workshops.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13596 W: 141 N: 35250] (158860)
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