The oasis Siwa, situated in the far west of Egypt, close to the Libyan border, is inhabited by a Berber population. In the African tradition, these people wear a wrap-around body veil, called Tarfottet. The veils are traditionally made of textile that is produced in the Cairene area, in Kerdassa. The typical Siwan embroidery is later added in Siwa.
The Siwan embroidery always consists of the following colors: green, yellow, orange, red and black, symbolizing the different stage in the ripening process of dates (the most important agricultural produce of the oasis). The patterns and shapes or the embroidery shows a given set of elements of the sun cults and other ancient symbols. These symbols are not only added to the veils, but also to other dress items, pants (bottom left) and dresses.
Often underneath the Tarfottet a black, also embroidered cloth is worn to cover the face of the women. In some cases also a rectangular cap is worn, see the image below center (compare to the Yemeni head covers presented here).