Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beautiful Head Scarves

EDIT - I've noticed many hits to this article while looking for illustrations of head scarves, places to buy head scarves and how to tie head scarves. Please, check my Those Headcoverings Illustrated web page, to find web sites with illustrations of various styles, patterns and how-to tie a head scarf.

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An evocative image of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto on Friday won the ‘Photograph of The Year’ award and is on display at the National Theatre on the banks of River Thames.




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"Are there really many women out there today – and young women in particular – likely to step out with their heads covered in this way, other than for religious reasons, of course? Well, perhaps. The look may be unashamedly nostalgic, but if it was good enough for a doe-eyed Audrey Hepburn in Charade or, even more famously, Grace Kelly in High Society, who are we to argue?"
~ quote from style review in the Independent.co.uk: Susannah Frankel: Ready To Wear

EDIT: Another review of head scarves' rise in fashion, using this same photo and others, can be found in the UK's Telegraph: "Scarves are making headlines once again". Also check this site for two photo series: "How to tie a headscarf" and "Head of the headscarves" (a pictorial guide to some scarves on the market).

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Check this out: Two of the "7 Things Every Woman Is Grateful For", from "Catwalk Fashion":

Sun Hats

This is something that one can wear not only in the summer but in the winter too for great face protection. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes that there is a sun hat to go with every dress ever invented. Wear them to the beach, a bull fight, to the derby, or even a really long flight!

Head Scarves

Bad hair day? Poof! Hidden in an instant with a head scarf! It is better than even hats because you will not have to take it off while indoors. It is great for leaving home in a rush or when you simply do not want to do your hair. No one will even notice that you walked out of the house without brushing your hair when they can’t see it

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And finally, personal notes from a travelogue blog from Egypt, "Lee of Arabia" writes:
Seeing so many women in veils, from just the head scarf to burqas with eye slits to fully-covering burqas with no openings for eyes at all, was intriguing, thought-provoking, assumption-challenging. The few conversations we had with women and some of the reading we have done on this topic has made me realize the incredible complexity of this issue. Is a veiled woman "repressed?" Not always, I think. Just like there are many women in this country who would never dream of wearing a spaghetti-strap, midriff-bearing top and low-cut jeans that highlight their muffin tops, and whom we would never characterize as "repressed," in these places there are women who prefer the more conservative looks the veils provide. I'm sure some have not made a conscious choice to cover, but others have. I was struck by how much more I noticed their faces when their faces were all I could see of them (no hair, no neck), and by the beauty I saw in only their eyes. Betsy and I were also very aware of the quality, the elegance, of some robes and head scarves--the colors and fabric--and it made me realize that just as many women there take great pride in their garb as here. I was surprised to find myself realizing how the mystery of what lay behind their covering made them attractive in a way I never thought about before.
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