Bedouins are Egyptian tribes living in the deserts. Bedouins have worn galabeyas for many centuries and these are usually made from black or blue cotton embellished with contrasting hand-embroidered cross-stitch designs. They wear a long cotton shirt with a belt covered by a flowing outer garment. In winter they may wear a waterproof coat of woven hair. Women cover their faces with a veil which is highlighted with the same stitches and often decorated with shells and coins. The Bedouin women are very skilled in cross stitch and beads work besides doing and selling a variety of products to raise money. The handwork is very detailed and it takes a very long time to complete but the end result is a unique piece of art handmade following traditional methods. There are Bedouin carpets also which are made from naturally dyed sheep wool. They vary in sizes and colors. The background is traditionally red or cream because colors are made of natural dyes in a Bedouin environment.
Much of the silver jewelry created and worn by Bedouin tribal people has ceremonial, if not religious meaning. Many pieces are made especially for weddings and other important rituals. Bedouin jewelry is usually very intricately patterned silver with turquoise or other precious stones. Women usually only wear this jewelry for special occasions or ceremonies and not out in public because this would draw too much attention.