Traditional Emirati women wear the “Burqa” (face cover), not to be confused with the Afghan outer garment of the same name. While the word has sadly come to elicit a pejorative image of backward and oppressed women in the Arab and Islamic world, the Emirati burqa is practically a cover used to protect women’s skin from the harsh conditions of desert climates. The Emirati Burqa, though mostly still worn by older generations of women today, is part of the traditional dress in the UAE. It is made from a metallic leathery fabric dyed with indigo. Women used to wear it to cover their wrinkles and also keep their skin hydrated and cool as the indigo rests on their forehead and nose. A popular belief among the older generation was that the Burqa -and specifically the indigo dye - carried within it the light of the prophet Yousef. Women believed that, in addition to its medicinal properties, wearing indigo against your face gave you beauty and glow. What I hope to say with this painting is: Remember to stay informed, not judgmental.
An acrylic painting on canvas, done by our Artist in Dubai. Buy artworks, home décor accessories, and paintings online on Artezaar.com Online Art Gallery in Dubai UAE.
NOTE: The image shown is a close up image of the Painting. The 2nd image shows the full painting, with the following images showcasing closeups of the artwork, detailing the work done by the artist.