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