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Chefchaouen, Morocco
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The Moroccan Snuggie Chefchaouen  Morocco

The Moroccan Snuggie

Ah, the jalaba - one of the best souvenirs you can bring home from Morocco. A jalaba (djellaba/jellaba) is a traditional Berber robe with long sleeves & a pointy hood (known as a qob and often used as an extra pocket for carrying small items home from the market) worn in North Africa. If I hadn’t spent the majority of my money and luggage space on Princess Jasmine costumes & snazzy leather goods, I’d have brought one home. In the Atlas Mountains, the color of the jalaba indicates a person’s relationship status. It’s like Facebook feed for your wardrobe.

The jalaba is long, roomy and warm, so you can eat couscous until you feel like exploding, then have a lie down for a cozy nap without ever needing to change into pajamas. And from a certain angle, it looks like a rather cute elf costume.