Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fashion in Jeddah

This woman caught my eye the other day at a mall.  Her abaya (the long black cloak that women must wear here in public) was quite flowy, like a cape.  And instead of wearing the usual scarf wrapped around her head and neck, she wore it turban style, which not many women here.  I thought she looked quite elegant, graceful, and stylish.

7 comments:

Ildi said...

She is very pretty! Great pic!

Marie said...

Her look is so interesting against the backdrop of the mall! By the way, we are enjoying living in AZ. Glad you have a lot of memories here and are enjoying my blog!

Jerry Mc Kenna said...

I once read an article that referred to women in Saudi Arabia as black moving objects (BMO). This lady is clearly not a BMO!

Veeds of Arabia said...

I used to hear the term as MBO -- Moving Black Object.

By the way, nicely shot pic, Susie.

Question: Is there ever an issue when taking pictures of women of whether you are allowed to or not? Or are the rules different for men and women taking pictures. For example, I would not directly take a woman's pic in KSA unless she was an expat in an expat surrounding...though I took a lot of photos of women from a distance.

Also, I note that the woman in your pic does not have the niquab/face covering. This suggests to me that she is not a Saudi woman, though possibly a Gulf Stater or from the subcontinent. What do you think?

Susie of Arabia said...

Hi Veeds - I have noticed that more and more Saudi women in Jeddah are not wearing the niqab any more, although clearly there are many that still do. I have also been surprised to even see some Saudi women not worried about covering their hair either when in the presence of men. This is a great difference from when I first moved here five yrs ago. Things are changing here in Jeddah. You should see how many women are working in sales positions now!
Regarding taking photos, I do try to be careful when women are involved. I don't feel like I am imposing if the woman is not recognizable, shot from the back. She was just so splendid looking, I couldn't help myself.

Amy said...

Very striking!

Amy said...

I am happy to read you have noticed changes in the 5 years you have lived there. Progress!