SYRIA. A mashla from Damascus. This costume is made of fine unicoloured or rougher woollen fabric with thin stripes. It is interwoven with tapestry-like colours on back and upper seams over chest. It serves as an over-jacket, and is worn by men over the kaftan, and also by women over their shirts. The mashla, like the aba, is composed of two pieces, but is considerably tighter, and shorter, and has short sleeves.