Al Siyabi explained that the standards are in place for each type of dishdasha, such as the type of fabric used, the main parts of the dishdasha, as well as other embroideries and requirements, to assure the national attire meets all requirements.
When asked why there were restrictions on the type of fabric used, Al Siyabi said, “The type of fabric is suggested for each type of Omani dishdasha, however, the consumer is free to choose which fabric he wants for his attire. The standardisation of the dishdasha is specific to the design.”
She went on to explain, “For instance, the commonly worn dishdasha was suggested to be made from a cotton base fabric. It is permitted to used a mix of cotton and polyester, as well as wool, and the embroideries are made with cotton strings. The Buriami dishdasha, on the other hand, should be made from cotton, and other fabrics could be used, as long as they’re plain.”