The Rashaida are a Bedouin tribe originating from the Arab Peninsula. A few hundred years ago, the Rashaida people left for Africa and settled on the Red Sea shores in the far South of Egypt and the Sudan. The women of the Rashaida wear a heavy Niqab, a face veil accoring to the Arab tradition.
A Niqab is a variation of the Burqa, where the face veil is made out of one piece of cloth, where slits for the eyes have been cut out. The Rashaida veil is decorated with heavy metal embroidery and coins, which reflects the Arab influence as well. Sometimes the veils are long, but also shorter versions are found, always decorated with a layer of metal wire embroidery.
Apart from this decoration of the veils, other decorative techniques include small metal beads, sewn onto heavy black cloth (below right). The dresses of the Rashaida are very colorful, reds, greens and yellows are often used.
Young women of the Rashaida often wear a nose and chin veil as can be seen in the two images below. Also on the beaded veil page a Rashaida veil can be seen.