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The term Abadá originally referred to a long white gown that was worn by black slaves of muslim religion in 19th century Bahia. Nowadays it refers to the multicolored shirts worn as uniforms by the participants of the various sections or "blocos" of the parade in Bahian Carnival. Abdadas are not costumes, however. Rather, they are sold by the Carnival association that organizes the bloco, as entrance tickets that grant the right to join their section of the parade. The sale of abadas has become an major commercial segment of the Bahian carnival industry in Bahia. Some abadas can be worth hundreds of dollars, depending of the prestige of the association. They are usually valid for a particular day only and their design varies accordingly.