December 18, 2018
One of the two first Muslim women to be elected to Congress has announced she will be showcasing both her religion and her Palestinian roots when she is sworn in on January 3.
Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian American who was unchallenged in her bid to represent Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, posted a photo on Instagram of the gown or “thobe” that she will wear.
“Sneak peek: This is what I am wearing when I am sworn into Congress,” Tlaib wrote, using the hashtags #PalestinianThobe and #ForMyYama.
“Yama” is an Arabic term for mother.
“A thobe or thawb is a traditional gown worn in Arab countries in the Middle East and in some African countries,” the Huffington Post reported. “A Palestinian thobe is known for its embroidered patterns and has its own unique style depending on where the person wearing it hails from.”
Tlaib’s post prompted other Muslim women to share photos of themselves wearing the traditional garb and using the hashtags #TweetYourThrobe or #TweetYourThoub.
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:37 am