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Rich in the different contributions that make it up, Algerian culture will have been shaped by the various influences inherent in the geographical space to which Algeria belongs, and which makes it a real crossroads of encounters between Berber, Arab-Islamic cultures, Mediterranean, African and Western. In the influence it has had on the world, it is undoubtedly possible to cite great names such as Massinissa, Saint Augustin, Juba II, or even Kateb Yacine, Mouloud Mammeri, Mouloud Feraoun, Mohammed Dib, Matoub Lounes, Kamel Daoud, Mohamed Arkoun.
The Algerian Karakou is the essential outfit for weddings.
It represents femininity par excellence.
Traditional or modern, it can be found in velvet or silk with the chelka sarouel (which is straight with a slit on the sides) or in mdouer sarouel (which is baggy).
The Karakou appeared in the XNUMXth century in Algiers.
It is the evolution of the Ghlila (Algerian diminutive of the Arabic word Ghalila or ghilala), a garment of Ottoman Levantine origin already known in the XNUMXth century which was influenced by the Berber-Andalusian contribution.
The difference between the two costumes is that the Karakou is cinched at the waist, while the Ghlila has a neckline.
The Tlemcen chedda is a traditional Algerian outfit, more precisely from the city of Tlemcen, but also worn in the west of the country, in particular in Oran and Mostaganem.
A pure product of Tlemcenaean craftsmanship, it was worn by the Tlemcenaean princesses of yesteryear.
The dress is considered in Tlemcen, as the most expensive and the most beautiful dress worn by the bride on her wedding day, but also by other women at weddings.
Since 2012, the chedda is inscribed in the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, as the wedding costume of Tlemcen and the rites; and the craftsmanship associated with it.
"Heaven is under the feet of mothers."
Algerian proverb ♡
The melhfa chaoui is a traditional dress which, in the past, characterized the women of the Aures region.
This coat, which was often dark in color, consists of a long dress with over it a sort of short cape held on both shoulders by two silver fibulae.
Thanks to brighter colors, this ancestral dress knows today a rebirth and is increasingly popular with future brides.
The Kabyle dress has been worn for centuries by Berber women in the towns of Tizi Ouzou via Bejaia or even Bouira.
Each village and / or region has its specialty (color, embroidery ...).
With its bright and shimmering colors, traditional Kabyle outfits brighten up and make the woman shine with a thousand lights.
This ancestral dress has survived the ages, it has also inspired a large number of artists, poets and painters.
Today, the Kabyle dress finds a new lease of life, it opens up to the world and its craftsmen no longer hesitate to be inspired by other creations.
It becomes lighter, its embroidery is finer and finer. But this new version is not ready to dethrone the traditional dress which remains the must in weddings.
Source: Dziriya & Wikipedia
"The heart sees before the eye."
Algerian proverb ♡