Algerian veils – important item of clothes of Algerian women

August 31st, 2014

According to info got by Algeria Post has released new stamps marking the cultural heritage of its country. The stamps depict national costumes of Algerian women- two kinds of veil: the Haik t's and the M'laya. The white haik is dressed in Algeria and in the West, the black melaya - in the East and the printed version in the South.

The Haik: according to the writings of some travelers, the Haik was seen in Algeria from the 17th century. Haik, traditional clothing that covers women from the head to the ankles, worn for a long time by Algiers' women, which earned them the nickname the "white doves", is gradually disappearing from the landscape, leaving the memory of a beautiful image linked to nostalgia for the good old days.

The M'laya: Women of the Beylik decided in 1792 to wear in mourning ostentatious, a long veil made of black cloth with which they covered the whole body. This tradition was created after the tragic death of Salah Bey Constantine, who ruled for 21 years. It was a just man, honest and loved by locals.

Many Algerians remain nostalgic about these items of clothing, which recalls various periods in Algerian history.