9 Jul 2011


During the 10 days I stayed in Istanbul, twice there was a family from an Arabian country, I don't know which one, where the men and kids wore modern clothes, jeans, T-shirts and sneakers while the women were covered from top to toe in black, even their face, were visible and observed us. That's why I gave up my intention to play the paparazzi and didn't take a picture. But I noticed that she wore sneakers too and pink once !

As I am not curious at all, I kept a discrete eye on her just to see how she would eat !! That was a mistery to me. She went to the breakfast buffet which had everything for everybody's taste, choose eggs and cheese and other stuff and returned with the fully loaded plate to her table and the rest of the family who ate already with a good appetite.

It was exciting ! If I could have pulled out my eyes like a cameleon, it would have been more easier to see what she was doing. Would she take the food in her fingers, lift the veil and put it in her mouth, or maybe she would swallow a part of the veil with it ... or maybe there was a hole in the veil for food ?? But no, she pulled the veil down and we all could see her face, because I was not the only one who was intrigued how one would eat with a half covered face from nose to neck !

She ate and drank her coffee and smiled to her family, didn't look around anymore, and each time she got up and to the buffet she covered her face again. We had time to notice that she was quiet beautiful what pity, if she would have been ugly the veil would be understandable.

The mistery was solved to the satisfaction of all guests.

To use a mobile phone the veil is slightly lifted too !

I finally thought that it is very practical as an habit, you can wear whatever you want underneath from nothing to sexy underwear and you don't need to comb and wash your hair to go out, for shopping. Nobody would see my wrinkles and black suits me very well ! Maybe I would get cheaper prices were I have to haggle ?? or maybe not because these kind of clothing is not well seen in Turkey.

Me at a costume party in Egypt. (Before and after eating ! )


A Lady's Life said...
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A Lady's Life said...

Well nuns were all covered up because they were married to God.
But they found it too hot and eventually the garb changed to where it was more practical.
These women will change. The new generation will not like wearing them.
We have a soccer team today composed of muslim women and they refuse FIFa to take off their head scarf.
Seems it is their religion . Then where is the rest of their outfit?
Fifa said religion cannot be involved with their sport.They will take it to court and just like the gays who do not take no for an answer they will force their way into FIFA and turn it into a mosque.The women liberationists did the same with taverns.but those were dirty establishments.
Muslims spoil everything everywhere they go. Then they will find it offensive to play with people who eat pork. My,my what will we do then? Stop playing soccer?
Stop eating pork?There is supposed to be a separation of church and state for this reason so we do not offend people and religion should be kept at home. We can speak of it for the people who want to hear and read but to speak of an offense? that needs to be taken to court?.... well it is out of place.

Gledwood said...

My friend Valium Marilyn insists she recently saw a woman in full veil smoking a Marlboro Light!

Kay L. Davies said...

It's a good thing you're never curious, my friend. LOL
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

claudie said...

thanks for sharing about this problem: how can a woman eat with this costume?!
you look very beautiful with yours in Egypt!!!!
I'll play on stage, La Malle d'Arlequin in Ollioules, tomorrow at 21.30! The last play for this summer and after vacation with theater!!!!

Mara said...

I once saw an advert for some hair product in which a girl was fussing with her hair for a long time. And when it finally looked really good, she got out one of those headscarves and hid it all. I loved that advert! It was really funny

Cezar and Léia said...

It's so interesting and you are very beautiful using the costume.
I can't imagine myself in this kind of costume, life, and so on. It's so different and I respect, but sometimes I think it's so much for these women.
Enjoy your weekend dear Gattina!

Maribeth said...

I always wondered that myself. Thanks for shedding light on this. Now we know that the veiled one actually does eat!

jabblog said...

Women who voluntarily wear the veil say that it gives them a great sense of freedom. I can understand that - I'd like to hide away inside and gaze out upon the world.

Marja said...

Your costume looks nice. I actually have no real problem with the burka itself but with the control of men that goes with it.
Most woman have to wear them They don't have free wil.

Linens and Royals said...

Thanks for solving that mystery. I can never wear black becaude it shows too many cat hairs but I think some countries have blue burkas with a mesh face covering, that colour would suit me better.

eastcoastlife said...

Thanks for solving that mystery! I see Muslim women wearing the burka often in Singapore but don't have a chance to watch them eat. I was wondering how they do it with the veils over their faces. Now I know. :)