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DRESS OF THE WOMEN.
mitted to others, most frequently tying round their heads the broidered kerchiefs of which I have spoken, and other things which the rest may not wear. Their hair, which is long like the women's here, is not concealed by the turban.
All go barefooted, and most often barelegged. Nevertheless, at their homes they use a kind of slippers or sandals1 of wood; and when a person of greater quality comes to visit them, they put off these sandals and remain barefooted.
As for the women, first of all they have a lar^e coloured cloth of cotton or silk, which covers them from the waist to the ankles, and serves as a petticoat. Above this they wear a robe of taffetas, or of very fine cotton, but very long, reaching to the feet, and with blue and white borders. To give a notion of its shape, I cannot better describe this robe than 1 Called mara vdli.