When did the Arab men start to wear Bisht?

Bisht (Arabic: بشت) is a traditional Arabic men’s cloak popular in the Arabian Gulf and some Arab countries. It is essentially a flowing outer cloak made of wool, worn over the thobe. Unlike the thobe, the bisht is soft, and it is usually black, brown, beige, cream or grey in colour. As winters are warm in this region, the bisht is usually only worn for prestige on special occasions such as weddings, or festivals such as Eid, or for Friday prayer.

what make me ask this question a picture i saw in Nabatean ruin. A man leading a camel caravan as they approach Petra and he is wearing both a robe and a cloak (Bisht).

 Arab in Dress of Arab men, fourth to sixth century

The Bisht is a symbol of nobility as well as power.

Power- Saad Hariri Prime minister of Lebanon

Nobility- King Abdullah Jordan


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