Syria traditional clothing dresses folk Yelek Qumbaz Weiss-Armush

The qumbaz coat is believed to be an Arab variety of yelek, the Turkish coat that was worn in Syria during the Ottoman occupation of the early 1800s.

While the neck of the yelek is low cut and open to show the undergarment, the one flap of the qumbaz wraps around over the other. (Both varieties of this coat featured long slits at the side seams.) A summer was woven from linen, while in winter a wool qumbaz might have been worn. Striped cloth was especially popular, and silks and other fabrics are still sold in Damascus by the length required to create a qumbaz.