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Doha, Qatar

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National Museum of Qatar

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Date of Object:

19th century

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Brown wool


The zabun is similar to a European coat and the Turkish qaftan (a European inspired coat). It is speculated that it first arrived in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia through the Hajj, at the time of the Turkish empire, and later became popular in Qatar and Bahrayn. The zabun is made out of fine Indian Kashmiri brown wool with intricate embroidery. Decoration: made of light brown wool embroidered with boteh design, motif across the coat – paisley, Islamic decorative arts. Imitated because the shape is Kashmiri, shaped like cashew nut, pronounced ‘Gazorah.’ Colours are red, yellow, and edges are lined with metal silk thread – round neck opening. Narrow Nehru collar, or Chinese collar is known in Qatar. Buttons are handmade metal balls down the front. It is worn with the thawb ishlahat.

Citation of this web page:

"Zabun" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;qt;10;en

MWNF Working Number: QT 010

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