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Masked women of Iran81268
01/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81270
02/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81272
03/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81273
04/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81276
05/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81277
06/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81280
07/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81281
08/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81282
09/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81283
10/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81284
11/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran
12/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around the Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks such as this one.
Masked women of Iran81288
13/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81289
14/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81290
15/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81291
16/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81292
17/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81293
18/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81294
19/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
Masked women of Iran81296
20/20
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In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks. The tradition with the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional islamic dresscode (hejab). Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages. Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.. 30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.
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Masked women in the southern part of Iran, Hormouzgan Province. The tradition of the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.). The niqab originated with the need for protection in

In the southern part of Iran in the area around The Persian Gulf, many women not only cover their hair with the burka, but they also cover their faces with colorful masks.

The tradition of the masks originated before Islam came to Iran (around 650 A.D.).
The niqab originated with the need for protection in the harsh desert conditions of Arabia, but in this area, in the Hormuzgan Province, people have made the masks a part of the traditional Islamic dresscode (hejab).
Nowadays the mask are mostly found in the villages.
Most women have at least two masks. One for for everyday use and one for celebrations, weddings etc.
30-40 years ago the women only wore black masks, but now this has also become a subject for fashion.

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