It was only a couple of days ago that Carol, at American Bedu blog, was writing about farwa, fleecy garments worn by many Saudis in wintertime.
A government office in Baha has banned the wearing of farwa in the workplace, however. According to this Saudi Gazette/Okaz piece, it’s because it reduces efficiency because of its bulk. Further, it’s not needed in heated offices. Perhaps this office just needs to invest in some coat hooks on which chilled employees can hang their garb until it’s time to go back outdoors…
I admit to being puzzled by the description of the farwa as an undergarment. Does the word have a very different meaning in Baha?
Winter clothes banned at work
Abdul Khaliq Nasser Al-Ghamdi
AL-BAHA – Staff at a government office in Al-Baha have been instructed not to wear the traditional fleece undergarment, known locally as a “farwa”, in the workplace as managers believe it to impede efficiency.
The farwa fleece, worn during the winter season and popular in the southern mountain regions where temperatures can drop to 10 degrees, was cited in a circular describing it as “improper and impractical during working hours”.
“It confines the movement of those wearing it and in consequence leads to the tasks required of them being delayed and performed improperly,” the circular said.
The notice asked staff to find more suitable alternatives to the favored farwa fleece, but added:
“There is not even any need to wear the farwa in the first place, given that all offices are equipped with heating systems.” – Okaz/SG