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Dhofar is known for its heavily embellished velvet thawb45 that are worn long at the back but short at the front.  This characteristic shape of the thawb is still common today, however heavy embellishment is saved for special occasions.  Dhofari women explained that the cut of the garment in times when violent clashes between tribes were not uncommon.  Women started wearing their dresses long at the back to cover their footprints thereby avoiding problems triggered by the movements of lone women in the wilderness. Trousers here are worn under the thawb, ideally in a matching fabric. Across Dhofar burqa6 wearing practices vary greatly from tribe to tribe.  The burqa in this region is fitted more to the nose than in other areas of Oman, this fitting gives a sharp angle to the wearer’s side profile.