Kabul/ The veil, a fashion matter
Let our soul in peace: the veil is not for us. We non-Muslim Western women, I mean. It ‘a matter of fashion, glamour, Bia Sarasini would say that: yesterday she wrote a post commenting on the presence in Switzerland of young women in jeans, veil and accessories and that for years she has held on Noidonne a column of fashion that I still regret).
Let me explain. I do not mean to speak of the veil and Islam, the question has always seemed to me useless and long-standing, unless we don’t talk about women forced to wear it. I am talking about me and the other women who work in Islamic countries and in many situations where we have to wear the veil or just do because it is best not to give too much attention. Today in Kabul, yesterday in Pakistan. I.e.: we are in the queue for the search routine (by the way, gentlemen of fashion underwear for women companies: please, import here bras with underwire, policewomen touch them and always ask if they are comfortable and if they do their job well): in front of me many European and American colleagues. In Kabul, the veil is not long and must be worn. The ladies have rightly brought it from home: elegant silk scarves and chiffon too tight, too long, continuously falling from the hair; it is hot and the sweat is on their neck. And then, how do you keep your hair? Not loose, you look like a fool and you’re not Angelina Jolie in South Sudan, where she stops in front of the TV cameras; you have to bring your backpack, you stop and start again, the day is hot, the night is cold and that veil is too light.
In Pakistan women use the dupatta, such as Indian ones: one meter wide, long half past two, covering the shoulders and arms, and it has a special rim that in Urdu and Farsi is called PCO: a machine can be carried out strictly in various types. Never use the dupatta without PCO, such kind a pareo at the Maldives, people would put the coins in your hand for alms. The dupatta makes a monstrous hot, then you opt for cotton; anyway, except for an elegant evening where you will be inside a house and you can keep it on your shoulders. The cotton then does not slip from the head, so you have not always move your arms like a windmill to readjust it.
The fact is that the Western woman has with this garment is that women here do not wear bags (also their clothes do not have pockets): they only bring small purses that shove the wrist through a special carrying handle. You from West world carry handbags-pouch-house-of-snail weighing pounds, which cannot be wear under the dupatta – you should seem like humps and strung above the dupatta (but you have to do it anyway), and when you make it you seem really inelegant.
I am convinced that there is no solution: the bag cannot be eliminated; it is genetic and even the veil. Both accessories are to be worn at an early age and they become part of us, so please leave all hope of being at the same time elegant and easy-going, it never will happen.
Ps. In Dubai, the problem is solved: Emirati women wear the abaya, the long black coat that goes to her feet and beyond, indeed it must rub on the floor in many cases. In this case the hands and the arms are free and so in the shopping mall of the city you can see the highest number of Hermès Kelly of the world. What I envy, I admit, but I am not yet ready for the abaya.