Abas (pronounced AH-bah) are worn by men and women in Syria, but also in other countries in the Middle East.
Abas serve as cloak, blanket and coat for Bedouins and mountain shepherds. Bedouins would wear it over a thobe (ankle-length garment, usually with long sleeves, similar to a robe, often white).
Women may wear the aba over Western dress.
Abas worn for festivals and special occasions are often made of dyed fabric and in bright colours, and may have embroidery, which reflect the luxury of the garment.
The length of the cloak is an indication of rank – the longer the cloak, the higher the rank of the wearer.