The Hunt for the Perfect Jedi Robes in Morocco

When we were in Morocco, we had no idea they had this cool clothing called djellabas.

Did you know that’s where George Lucas got his ideas for the Star Wars Jedi cloaks? One among many other things he borrowed from Morocco.

May the force be with you

May the force be with you

They’re great cloaks. They’re comfy. They keep you cool in the heat and keep your head and entire body nice and warm during the frigid cold night.

The thing is it takes a certain amount of balls to rock that thing out in the open. The locals have no problem. They’ve been wearing it since ages. The foreigners….eh…not so much. It’s a little weird walking around like Jedi knights in public. Especially since we are not doing cosplay.

See what I mean? Too bad we didnt have a light saber too

See what I mean? Too bad we didnt have a light saber too

Still, we couldn’t pass the opportunity to buy some and wear it. This was the only opportunity to be Jedi knights in public and not get laughed at. To look like a Jedi is normal.

So we decided to go out and buy some.

Here's Mr Z trying on his djellaba

Here’s Mr Z trying on his djellaba

Not bad

Not bad

Biggie, the ultimate tourist couldn't resist

Biggie, the ultimate tourist couldn’t resist

Here's Biggie trying to convince Zack to wear his djellaba in public. Zack is caving in..

Here’s Biggie trying to convince Zack to wear his djellaba in public. Zack is caving in..

Noooo! They did it.

Noooo! They did it.

Well, I  guess I had to wear one too.

Well, I guess I had to wear one too.

Biggie liked his djellabas so much he went on a buying spree to buy as many djellabas as he can. He found out some djellabas cost as low as $5. He decided that if he ever saw $5 djellabas in Morocco he’d buy it. And boy, did he.

Here's Biggie rocking his new $5 djellaba. He bought it at this ruins place in Fez.

Here’s Biggie rocking his new $5 djellaba.

Loving it!

He found out later that this was a woman’s djellaba. Whoops. 

Rocking out our djellabas in the desert

Rocking out our djellabas in the desert

Image credit for Star Wars pictures

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10 thoughts on “The Hunt for the Perfect Jedi Robes in Morocco

  1. Dwight says:

    I’ve been wearing djellabas nearly daily in public for years now in California. They are very comfortable. For those who know me it’s no big deal. Strangers occasionally inquire what it means. Moroccan strangers seem excited to make contact and give approval. Once the novelty wears off and you remain respectful you should have little problem wearing them here.

    • Dwight says:

      Washington DC might be more conservative on dress than California. Someone who lives there would know better. If you or someone you know wants a djellaba and can’t get to Morocco, they are available through the Internet but you will pay a lot more. If a djellaba has fancy sleeves, a very bright color, and/or a very long skinny rather than cone-shaped hood, it is made for a woman, not a man. Both genders wear the traditional man’s look.

  2. Paon says:

    Djellabas are from north africa, not only morroco. And this a not what Obiwan is wearing in the pictures, he wears a brown burnous (a traditional cloak from north africa) with a short beige yukata.

      • Matthew Cate says:

        I have been trying to find a definitive answer to this question, so perhaps someone can help me? I agree it does not appear to be a djellaba because it has an open front like a burnoose. However, I haven’t seen a burnoose with sleeves and the robe Alec Guiness wears has sleeves, so to me it appears to be a hybrid. Is there a specific name for this style of robe/cloak used in the film with sleeves and an open front? Thanks in advance!

  3. Dwight says:

    If what you are looking at is open in the front it is not a djellaba. If it has sleeves it is not a burnoose. I own a warm burnoose but rarely wear it because in the wind, even from just walking, it can expand knocking things over or getting caught on things near me as I pass. One either needs to be out away from things or wrap yourself in it staying in one place. It may be useful when riding an animal, but I have no experience of that. Sleeves would help control the wind problem, but it you are going to go that way, why not just wear a djellaba.

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