Origins of The Traditional Moroccan Djellaba

Origins of The Traditional Moroccan Djellaba

Where does the Moroccan djellaba come from?


At Diamantine, the djellaba is an important part of our collection. When we’re designing, we want to take traditional Moroccan pieces and incorporate them into a modern and fashion-conscious world for an audience of women who love clothes just as much as we do. 


So, why the djellaba? And where does this traditional garment come from? Here, we’ll delve a little deeper into why the hooded classic djellaba from Morocco is a key piece in every one of the Diamantine collections. 


Origins of the djellaba


What makes a djellaba? The difference between a djellaba and a kaftan usually comes down to the hood. This gown-like garment is often crafted in lightweight and flowing fabric in full-length, with long sleeves and always finished with a classic Moroccan hood. Which is often complete with a traditional Moroccan tassel. 


While some djellabas are simple and plain, a truly traditional style will also come complete with authentic Moroccan embroidery and even beadwork detailing. 


Djellabas have origins in Berber culture in Morocco. Originally, the garment was crafted for men in much thicker fabric in preparation for days and nights in the desert. The hood detail was a significant part of the design as it would have originally been used to protect the wearer against both the sun and winds of the Moroccan desert. 


A symbol of transition as boys joined men on their journeys into the desert, the djellaba then began to become popular with Moroccan women. Starting the in the 1940s, women would wear a djellaba as a liberating symbol that went against the traditions of specific garments for men and for women. 


From here onwards, the djellaba has become a staple piece in both men and women’s wardrobes - in Morocco and spreading all over the world as a stunning fashion item. 


Our favourite 3 djellabas this season…


Need some inspiration on bringing a classic Moroccan djellaba into your wardrobe? Here are our current 3 faves. 




White remains a classic colour in both Moroccan and modern fashion. A simple white djellaba is the perfect staple item for any djellaba newbie.



Opt for a touch of colour and just enough authentic Moroccan embroidery with the Hilal djellaba.



New in this season, the Perla djellaba is cropped and complete with modern embroidery for a whole new take on Moroccan style.


How to style a traditional Moroccan djellaba?


The best thing about a djellaba? Versatility. They can be styled super casually or transformed into a dressy look in an instant. Plus, because of the modest loose-fit, they’re flattering on all shapes and sizes and super feminine and comfortable in all weather. Versatility at its best. 


Wear it casually with trainers and a jacket thrown over. Or add sandals for warmer climates. Or, dress yours up with a focus on accessories. The length is perfect for heels while earrings and statement necklaces and bracelets can create a more formal look in a second. 


Want some extra shape? Add a waist belt to cinch the waist if you feel like switching up the flowing loose-fit silhouette of a classic djellaba. 



And don’t forget, at Diamantine, this week only, we’re offering 20% off all our djellabas on orders over £75. Shop the complete women’s djellaba collection today.