Yelek
Syria traditional clothing dresses folk Yelek Qumbaz Weiss-Armush


The yelek is a Turkish coat, probably introduced into Syria during Ibrahim Pasha's occuptaion, between 1831 and 1841. It was also fashionable in Egypt during that time.

The yelek is a long, tightly fitted coat with tight full-length sleeves. Its neck is low cut and open to show the undergarment. The side seams are frequently slit and finished with embroidery, so the dress or sirwal peeks through.

A variant of the yelek is the striped qumbaz made of Damascus silk hat came into popularity by the end of the 1800s as the yelek fell out of fashion.