Why Don't Westerners Wear Robes in the Desert?
August 17, 2012 2:21 PM Subscribe
In the heat, Bedouins wear long, flowing robes. Westerners wear shorts and short-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats. What are the advantages of the robes?
posted by musofire to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (20 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I have really two related questions.
a. Either long robes or lots of exposed skin do a better job of keeping you cool in the sun. If robes keep you cooler than exposed skin then why do Westerners (and Kalahari Bushmen, and the Masai, etc.) stick with lots of exposed skin?
b. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sombrero, or conical Asian hat keeps you in the shade in the midday sun. Yet many tropical cultures such as the Masai don't seem to wear hats. Why not?