Skip to content

The difference between many Pashtun mothers and their daughters today - 'blue versus black'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/25/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://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 (https://www.catholic.org)
4/25/2014 (3 years 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.

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2018
For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters.
That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.


Comments


More Asia Pacific

Solved? Forensic evidence offers clue to Amelia Earhart's disappearence Watch

Image of The mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance may be solved.

Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1936 during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe by air. Accompanying her was her navigator, Fred ... continue reading


Catholic Church in China continues to grow despite persecution Watch

Image of The Catholic Church in China continues to grow.

Nearly 50,000 people in China were baptized into the Catholic Church in 2017, according to a report by Fides.  LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


The aftermath of China's 'one child' policy is worse than we know Watch

Image of China's 'one child' policy has created demand for sex trafficking, among other problems.

Although China expanded its former one child policy to a limit of two children per family in 2015, decades of government-enforced ... continue reading


Christian persecution on the rise in India Watch

Image of Christian persecution in India is on the rise.

Compared to 2016, attacks against Christians in India by Hindu extremists more than doubled in 2017 amid efforts to label the religious ... continue reading


Living in darkness no more: India to connect last 240 million people to electricity Watch

Image of For millions of children, studying at night is dangerous. A single kerosene lamp knocked over can burn down a house in seconds. Electricity will make life safer and improve educational outcomes for millions, especially girls.

Two hundred, forty million people in India go to bed with the sun because they still lack electricity. That may change soon as the ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

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

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.