This is the 2nd MyTake from my "Traditional Beautiful Dresses From Around the World" series.
First one: Traditional Beautiful Dresses From East Asia.
Maghreb countries are the countries from North Africa (Morocco , Algeria, Tunisia and Libya), since this is where I come from, these dresses are the ones I'm the most accustomed to.
In North Africa, marriages are a BIG BIG deal, usually they last for about a week or even more, and the bride gets to wear different dresses everyday. In Morocco the bride gets to change her dress up to 7 or 8 times during the last day of celebrations!
Although we also wear the white traditional dress (the same as Europe and North America) in the last day of celebrations, in the preceding celebrations the brides-to-be wear different traditional dresses.
It was very complicated to synthesize this MyTake because every city in North Africa has it's own local dresses, so I picked the most popular ones, worn by the majority and in big cities.
Most of these dresses are also worn by other women besides the bride and can be worn at different occasions depending on how detailed the dress is.
1) Tabdila- Tunisia
The Tabdila comes in 2 pieces, a bustier and puffy skirt or trousers revealing the stomach. They come in different colors and textures.
2) Moroccan Caftan/ Takchita- Morocco
The Caftan originated from Persia and was brought to North Africa by the Middle Eastern Arabs. Morocco became notorious for producing the best Caftans and re-adapted it. This became one of Morocco's specialties and they export their Caftan's to the rest of North Africa and the Middle East where it became extremely popular.
This dress is characterized by having a belt that varies in width.
3) Kabyle Dress - Algeria
Kabyles are an Algerian ethnic group from Northern Eastern Algeria, part of the Amazigh people who are the indigenous inhabitants of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.
4) Karakou- Algeria
This outfit is composed of 2 pieces, the top is made out of Gold and velour, and the bottom are puffy pants.
5) Kesoua - Tunisia
Like the Tabdila, this dress comes in 2 pieces and reveals the stomach. It is worn in the last party preceding the wedding. It is usually either beige or white, but many brides choose to wear it in Light Pink, Red, Blue or Green.
These dresses are encrusted with crystals and very detailed.
6) Jebba/Jelaba- Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco
The following 2 are Tunisian:
And this one is Moroccan:
This one is Moroccan