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Iran, July 23, 2007 -- A woman wearing a red coat and patterned pink headscarf is taken into custody by a woman wearing a chador. The original photo was cropped and edited by a Flickr user.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6:00 PM
On September 27, 2007 8:21 PMAnonymouswrote... It's actually a bit of a paradox: in many Islamic countries, a Westerner can get deported for dressing like a Muslim. You have to know how to dress like a Westerner, yet modestly enough for an Islamic country. ~Eleanor
On September 28, 2007 8:53 AMabrawrote... This is an amazing picture. Someone brilliant could do a whole lecture on how honest it is about the Iranian culture. The woman in black looks so bitter and the young lady wearing color looks hopeful and lovely. It's so sad.
On September 28, 2007 2:24 PMAnonymouswrote... Yes, I knew she is Iranian. It IS sad...however....that outfit does look a little snug, even if it covers everything. It would be more than fine here in the West, but there, it would be pushing things even without the color. Hard to tell in this photo. ~Eleanor
On September 29, 2007 3:06 AMValerie (Kyriosity)wrote... Interesting quote from the Wikipedia article on the chador: "In Iran today, chadors are most popular among poorer women, who tend to be more devout, while the manteau and headscarf are more popular among middle-class women -- this has led to the coinage of the terms 'chador class' (working-class) and 'rusæri class' (middle-class). In addition, its popularity varies depending on location -- for example, chadors are almost universal for women in Esfahan, but uncommon in Tehran."
So envy is likely part of what's provoking Iran's current crackdown on non-chador wearers.