The questions I have about the local clothing might not be what you’re expecting. You might think that I am puzzling about the Qatari (and other) women and their various degrees of covering up in public. From head to toe black covering, to hair covered and blue jeans, there is a lot of food for thought.
But here’s the real question….
Below are pictures of what’s currently in the store windows. If I’m going to need to purchase ANY of these items I’m going to be pretty upset.
And warning to the locals who do not appreciate their pictures being taken…If I see you in any of these things – I WILL TAKE YOUR PICTURE! Consider yourself warned.
(Please excuse the quality of the pictures. Taking pictures in malls is against the rules as written at the entrance of the malls – so I had to do it with my phone and I had to be fast).
I do have one answer about clothing that I’ve been puzzling about. I don’t have pictures but it won’t be hard for you to imagine. Before the winter clothing started appearing in the shop windows there were some very scandalous articles of clothing. Dresses cut so low and hems so high that even with our western eye if we saw someone wear them in real life we might have a hard time not raising and eyebrow. And I’m not talking about the odd garment – I’m talking about enough clothing to make me really question where on earth the market is for such clothing. Where, in this country are these garments being worn??
Well I got my answer. From all places…the Vancouver Sun. You can read all about it – I was shocked and amazed. (Link below)
One last little tidbit.
There are signs posted right now on one of the round-abouts in Al Khor. Two small bill boards that look like they’re announcing an event, like a carnival or a fair. Well, they are. A friend riding in the car with us told us that these are wedding invitations. This is how it’s done. (Of course we couldn’t read them because they’re only in Arabic). It’s an open invitation for everyone. I started to hyperventilate – “OH!! It’s open?? Can we go?” The thought of seeing a Qatari wedding was so exciting to me. She burst out laughing. “No, this is only for the men.” ….”The wedding is only for the men?” “Yes”. Let’s just say that this sent my western head spinning. When I catch my equilibrium I’ll ask some more questions.
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Here’s the Vancouver Sun article. It’s jaw dropping. Who Drives Haute Couture.