Like foutas themselves, their very colors are steeped in tradition as well. Many of the popular fouta colors can be traced back to the areas of Tunisia they represent.
One of the oldest cities in the world, Carthage, lies in the north of Tunisia. This ancient city has seen the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, amongst many other dynasties. The deep yellow for Carthage is reminiscent of the sun scanning over the steadfast ruins that make transport the city it’s Old World roots.
Gabes, a medially located city along the eastern coast, is represented by the Hamsa hand, or “Hand of Fatima”. This North African/Middle Eastern symbol of protection dates back to the ages of antiquity, when Gabes was founded. The open-palm amulet comes can be seen in many different colors and styles, as jewelry, wall hangings, woven into foutas and more.
The island of Djerba, located just off the coast of Tunisia, is a renowned vacation spot for locals and foreigners alike. And just 45 minutes from its coast, lies one of it’s must-sees: Flamingo Island. At certain times during the year, this island makes a haven for flocks and flocks of beautiful pink flamingos. It’s this reason that light-hearted pink is often associated with Djerba.
Tozeur is an oasis in the middle of the desert of south west Tunisia. Fiery red paints the picture for this city, with summer temperatures climbing up to a hot 45-50℃ even in the shade.
The most iconic of these traditional Tunisian colors though, is Sidi Bou Said’s blue. Upon visiting the city, travelers are breath-taken by the rich, azure hues and contrasting whites that coat the city. The enchanting cityscape exists to complement its unique location, perched atop a cliff overlooking the mediterranean sea. This brilliant Sidi Bou Said blue is one of the most popular fouta colors because it brings to mind the picturesque scene for anyone who has had the opportunity to visit.