Au debut, elle commence a tailler des caftans, des jellabas
We speak French, English, and Arabic in the same sentence, salivate over both French cheeses and Moroccan couscous at the same table, and wear blue jeans under traditional Jellabas
to Friday prayers at the mosque.
We are then told that "Miguel was dressed as a vizier of the Arabian Nights, while most of his friends wore Moroccan jellabas
or Turkish jabadors and sarouals in every shade of pink" (105).
He had been in Spain to get cloth for the making of jellabas
; his family, he told me, had a shop in the old medina of Fez, specializing in women's traditional wear.
Its no longer Grand Hotel has closed, but Asni still hosts a lively weekly market and remains the sort of place where, on other days, villagers in jellabas
have time to watch the world go by.
Sometimes I watched the Fulani nomads, white jellabas
flapping against their legs in the wind, making clucking sounds as they herded their cows across the roads in Enugu with a switch, each smack of the switch swift and precise.