MAURITANIA



HERITAGE

REASONS TO VISIT

Lifestyle

- Greetings

Greetings in Mauritania are ritual but should not be neglected. You should ask your interlocutor about his health, his family, his work, where he comes from ... The answers are always formalistic and affirmative, but they are part of the basic rules of politeness; they bring people close together. Do not be surprised to see two people crossing each other and exchanging polite phrases for several minutes. When shopping, take some time for greetings.

- Hospitalities

 Mauritanian people are very kind and especially hospitable. Invitations to tea or to meals are common.

- Way of Dressing

 The traditional way of dress in Mauritania is strongly influenced by the fashions traditionally existing in North Africa and Sub-Saharian Africa.

Among men, the boubou or derraa, traditional dress of men, is usually of cotton (chigga, or damask bazin for the richest). It is blue in color, or sometimes white, it bears in many places magnificent guilded embroideries with large sections falling on the calves and open on both sides.

The seroual, baggy trousers worn under the boubou, is exclusively reserved for men. Very pleasant during the summer hot season because its large folds stir the air. With a single pocket, it is usually blue, but there are in white or black colors.

The hauli is a rectangular piece of fabric that serves as a turban. Artfully rolled on the head, this turban is essential in the desert, to protect you from the sun as well as from the winds of sands.



The melehfa is a rectangular veil of fabric generally thin dyed locally with multiple colors; and in which ladies wrap themselves. Another kind of embroidered and beautifully dyed boubou is characteristic to women of the black-African communities.

It is completed by a nice loincloth underneath and a scarf rolled over the head. Mauritanian women, very stylish in nature, have successfully turned the dyeing of veils  but also that of boubous in a real industry especially in Kaédi and Nouakchott. Just visit the various markets to be convinced.

 

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