Glamorous caftans were on the catwalk at the “Morocco in Abu Dhabi” festival fashion show on Tuesday.
Four hundred people attended the fashion show, which showcased the Moroccan caftan and highlighted the latest trends, according to Emirati news outlet Gulf Today.
“Morocco in Abu Dhabi” is an annual festival which aims to promote ties between Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. The festival brings Moroccan culture to the UAE through music, art, handicrafts, cuisine, and fashion. It includes a fashion show and musical and theater performances.
This year the festival also included a Moroccan Heritage Museum, displaying artifacts from ancient and pre-Islamic times to the modern world.
At the fashion show on Tuesday, models showcased traditional and modern caftan designs.
“The caftan has been passed down through many generations. This year, we decided to focus on the traditional Moroccan arts of sewing and embroidery,” designer Sofia Ben Ibrahim told Gulf Today.
“The collection features innovative and trend-setting designs with both warm and cool colors and we also have some unique designs of new short-sleeved wedding dresses, in addition to other long-sleeved collections,” Ben Ibrahim added.
A number of world-renowned Moroccan designers participated in the fashion show, including Myriam Bouafi, Lamia Lakhsassi, Souad Chraibi, and Sara Chraibi, as well as designers Badia Tazi and Rhita Sebti, and Mounier & Bouvard, the famous Moroccan jewelry designers.
The Morocco in Abu Dhabi festival is running from April 18 to 30 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.