CAIRO - A galabiya is a traditional garment commonly worn in Egypt.
The Egyptian dialect word comes from "jilbab," which means clothes in modern written Arabic.
The galabiya comes in a great variety of shapes and colors, but muted colors are popular with men, while women favour flashy patterns and colors.
In Egypt, the garment is used for everyday wear, but more stylish ones are preferred for social occasions.
Halawa, a shop established about 120 years ago in the suburbs of Cairo, offers galabiya made from 100 per cent Egyptian cotton. They are soft to the touch and keep wearers nice and warm.
In town markets, polyester galabiya are available for about 60 Egyptian pounds (S$10.91) but galabiya sold at Halawa can cost as much as 350 Egyptian pounds (S$63.68).
Store clerk Ashraf said proudly that the galabiya in the shop are tastefully designed using Egyptian cotton, which the clerk claimed to be the best in the world.