Exploring Middle Eastern Fashions


Spokane residents Joy and her daughters Ella (left) and Marlena joined me for Persian Tea, storytelling and show and tell of material culture from the Middle East at the Tin Man, Too Bookstore and Art Gallery.

Joy is wearing a traditional Qashqa’i nomad headpiece, which was sewn for me by Naheed Dareshuri, a former Iranian nomad who lives near Philadelphia. Ella is wearing an “everday headscarf” worn by many women in Iran and Marlena is wearing a headscarf made by friends of mine in Sultanhani, Turkey. These are manufactured scarves, which they embellish with lacework trim.

For a glimpse of the rest of a traditional Qashqa’i outfit check out this link:

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