National dress exhibition staged [Archives:2005/870/Local News]

August 22 2005

SANA'A- The First National Dress Exhibition was staged on Saturday August 20 with the aim to demonstrate the traditional identity of Yemen from 1948 to 2004.

The exhibition of traditional costumes of Yemen's rulers since 1948, official emblems, national anthems, postage stamps, and coins, is organized by the Cultural Programs Foundation and will last for ten days.

The event involves concerts and contests, as well as a display of the Earth's Tears, a brief film by Austrian filmmaker Seenie.

Dr. Abdulkarim al-Eriani said the inauguration of the exhibition demonstrates the depth of Yemen's ancient culture and civilized heritage, which is thought of as a unique and distinctive phenomenon, rarely found in other Arab countries.

Dr. Abdulaziz al-Maqalih indicated that contents of the exhibition reflect the diversity of popular and formal dresses throughout different stages in Yemen's history. He confirmed that differences of scarves imply differences of costumes.

On his part, Colonel Yahya Mohammad Abdullah Saleh ascertained the collection of various types of heritage is a national duty, and the concerned parties should play an integral role in this area. He pointed out the concerned parties should draw attention to the military uniforms that gained popularity and fame during the 40s and the 50s of the 20th century.

Dr. Rawfah Hassan emphasized that the exhibition will be transferred to Germany after being staged in the Yemeni cities of Mukalla and Aden. She mentioned the 4-wing exhibition will mark different stages of Yemen's history, mainly between 1984-2004, pointing out there are some difficulties that hinder collection of uniforms belonging to political leaders.

Dr. Rawfah concluded by saying: “such costumes are not the possession of these political leaders, rather they signify the cultural heritage of the nation.