Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/25/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Blue, or 'shuttlecock' burqa is one-piece outfit with openings for eyes

In a highly conservative, restricted community, little things mean a lot. Pashtun women are given two choices of wear when they venture from their homes - a black burqa that consists of three pieces and reveals the e yes, of the blue, "shuttlecock" burqa, which is one piece with eyeholes. Why one Pashtun woman would choose one over the other is complex.

The blue, 'shuttlecock' burqa, is one piece of cloth with eyeholes.

The blue, "shuttlecock" burqa, is one piece of cloth with eyeholes.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/25/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: BUrqas, blue, black, Pashtun, fashion


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - What exactly does this change from the blue to black burqa signify?

The blue-colored burqa is ostensibly to increase the level of purdah for girls and women.

"When females wear the blue burqa, you can't distinguish if she is a 12-year-old child or a 60-year-old grandmother," researcher Ali Arqam says.

The blue burqa completely covers the body as a single piece of cloth. In contrast, the black burqa is usually in three pieces: the coat, the head covering and the niqab.

Covered from head to toe in a single piece of cloth leaves a lot to be desired. When women step out in public need to use their hands. Women need to lift their burqa and hold the items under it, which can be highly inconvenient.

The blue-colored light weight cloth flutters, especially during strong winds, and has to be held in place with both hands. With restricted vision and both hands used to hold the burqa in place it leaves women with little, if any, options to be able to do anything else.

The three-piece coat-styled black burqa has long sleeves and a separate piece to cover the face revealing only the eyes, making it easier for the wearer to walk in public without impeding vision. The black burqa is also usually made of heavy fabric, which does not allow it to flutter in the wind easily. This makes the garment much warmer to wear, especially in high climate conditions. The advantages to the black burqa are many.

Respect for one's culture doesn't necessarily mean giving up on practicality and fashion.

"Women are treated as the honor of the family in Pashtun community, but as they (women) become more educated, empowered and modernized they continue to cover themselves but in a manner which is more current with the times and yes more fashionable," Samar Esapzai says.

In urban centers, such as Peshawar the black abaya-style burqa is seen very prominently today. "The black burqa made its way into Pakistan with the influx of Middle Eastern women enrolled in Peshawar University in the mid-80s," analyst Khadim Hussain explains.

Slowly, but definitively the blue burqa has become associated with "older women" in Pashtun community and even women belonging to the lower socio-economic strata.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Discovered plane debris CONFIRMED as piece of missing MH370 Watch

Image of Debris of the missing MH370 Malaysian flight may have been discovered on an Indian Ocean Island.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Months following the discovery of pieces of what seemed to be the wings of an airplane on an Indian Ocean Island, test results prove that the debris is "with certainty" from the missing MH370 flight. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - French prosecutors ... continue reading


THAT'S A BIG FOOT! Twelve-year-old Russian boy claims to have found Yeti's footprint Watch

Image of Twelve-year-old Denis Alexandrov discovered the paw print while on an early morning walk with other children.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A 12-year-old Russian schoolchild found a massive footprint while on a camping trip in Siberia. He says its evidence of the mythical Yeti, often referred to as the abominable snowman. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Denis Alexandrov discovered the paw print ... continue reading


Dolphin trainer of 'Flipper' arrested during protest of Japan's dolphin hunting season Watch

Image of The popular TV series Flipper back in the 1960's.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Animal rights advocate Ric O'Barry, known for training the five dolphins used in <i>Flipper</i>, has been arrested in Taiji after participating in a demonstration against the Japan's dolphin hunting season. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Unofficial council orders two sisters to be raped and paraded naked for brother's actions in India Watch

Image of An Indian woman is one of many protesters against rape.

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There is an ongoing rape crisis in India and things are only getting worse. An unelected council of elders ordered the rape and public humiliation of Meenakshi Kumari, 23, and her 15-year-old sister because their brother dared to marry outside his status. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Chinese man without arms tends to paralyzed mother - feeding her food with spoon in teeth Watch

Image of Forty-eight-year-old Chen Xinyin from Chongqing, southwest China lost both his arms at seven years of age. Putting in a full day's worth of work, he know tends to his paralyzed, elderly mother - by feeding her with a spoon clenched in his teeth.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Forty-eight-year-old Chen Xinyin from Chongqing, southwest China lost both his arms at seven years of age. Putting in a full day's worth of work, he know tends to his paralyzed, elderly mother - by feeding her with a spoon clenched in his teeth. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


'I knew then my life was over': The heartbreaking reality for teen rape victims shamed in India Watch

Image of

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Indian women suffer as rapists force families to accept money in exchange for silence. In many villages, women are blamed for being raped and men do not marry single mothers, as such women are seen as shameful. Without time to finish their educations, and beaten down ... continue reading


North Korean submarines suspiciously missing following the dissolution of standoff with South Korea Watch

Image of Prime Minister Kin Jong Un.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A few days after Kim Jong Un ended a stand-off with South Korea, 50 North Korean submarines were reported to have vanished from radar. A possible surprise attack from the North is expected. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - The North Korean submarines ... continue reading


Family mourns loss of newborn after it is attack by rats in hospital Watch

Image of Rat infestation in Indian hospital leads to gruesome newborn death.

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A newborn died of rat bites in a government-ran hospital in the city of Vajayawada, located within the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. Los Angeles, California (Catholic Online) - The newborn boy was born in the government-ran hospital where he was sent to the pediatric ... continue reading


1,500-year-old mummified newborn uncovered in Siberia could provide insight into ancient Siberian life Watch

Image of A newborn mummy discovered in Siberia.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The remains of a newborn that was accidentally mummified 1500 years ago has been discovered in an ancient grave in Siberia. This discovery could lead to the unraveling of several mysteries concerning ancient Siberians. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


15-year-old girl forced to marry 32-year-old man: The life of Bangladeshi child brides can be full of violence and abuse Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Weddings are supposed to be one of the most memorable moments in a woman's lifetime. But for 15-year-old Nasoin Akhter it was nothing but loneliness. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Akhter was coerced into marriage with a 32-year-old man. In her wedding ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Colossians 1:15-20
15 He is the image of the unseen God, the first-born ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 100:1, 2, 3, 4, 5
1 [Psalm For thanksgiving] Acclaim Yahweh, all the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 5:33-39
33 They then said to him, 'John's disciples are ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 4th, 2015 Image

St. Rosalia
September 4: St. Rosalia, daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Roses and Quisquina, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter