I've been trying to research the type of costume Ja'far wears, but I am not sure of the names of the articles of clothing. This limits my googling to "arabian clothing historical accurate" or "bible costume historical accurate" - kind of tough.
This is because I feel like using light broadcloth/cotton in bright colors would make me look more like an escapee from a Christmas pageant, which I'd like to avoid. =P So I'm going to use as many accurate, textured fabrics as I can, as well as age/weather and mute the colors for added depth.
I'm aware that the character design is not historically/regionally accurate by any means, but looking at some sources should give me some ideas on what to work with! (I'm also hoping that a regionally accurate costume will make wearing it in the summer climate of southern California a bit more bearable; if it's intended for a desert it should wear decently in SoCal, lol!)
Are there any costume design majors around who could recommend some books or websites that have information relevant? I'm looking at about 600-900AD, which wikipedia has termed the Golden Age of Islam
where the original Arabian Nights stories originated.
Even just some names for the articles of clothing would help me narrow down the googling. Specifically I'm interested in the headscarf (Magi wiki calls it a keffiyeh), the jewelry on top of the headscarf, the detailing on the undershirt or underrobe around the neck, and the general shape of the top robe.
My cosplay reference guide site: www.cosbreaks.com
Past & current cosplays: Death (Sandman), fem!Sam Winchester (Supernatural), Eleventh Doctor (Doctor Who), genderbent!Haruhi (TMOHS), Tamaki (Ouran), Castiel (Supernatural), L (Deathnote)
Cosplay dreams: Takuto (Fullmoon wo Sagashite), Break (Pandora Hearts), Watanuki Kimihiro (xxxHolic), Ciel Phantomhive (Black Butler), nearly everyone from Pandora Hearts and Tsubasa