This Ain’t No Barbie: Fulla Dolls, Africa & Middle East

If you live in Northern Africa or the Middle East, you already know that you wouldn’t dare buy a Barbie doll for a little girl’s birthday, Christmas or other holiday celebration. You’d buy a Fulla — covered from head to toe in a traditional black robe — dressed like a proper Muslim woman.

Now called “the dream girl of every Arab girl”, Fullas are a hot item. They’re available for about $9 in two basic outdoor outfits: one is a head-to-toe black hijab (robe) that’s commonly work in the Persian Gulf region; the other is for eastern Mediterranean Arab countries where full-length, beautifully colored robes are worn.

[Read the whole story from the Seattle Press Intelligence]

Posted by Gil Zeimer on December 04, 2005 in Travel

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