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Do Not Touch My Clothes : Afghans call out Taliban dress codes by posing in traditional attire

Do Not Touch My Clothes : Afghans call out Taliban dress codes by posing in traditional attire
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Its important the world sees what traditional Afghan clothes really are. Their beauty, the workmanship, the vibrant colors represent the country and its heritage, said Kakkar. Every Afghan woman I know cherishes their traditional Afghan dress and wears it with pride. So it was important to reinforce that that visually.

Mansuri explained that a lot of traditional clothing people in diaspora wear comes directly from female embroiderers in Afghanistan. She called the social media campaign a small but public way to stand in solidarity with the women facing oppression and growing restrictions in Afghanistan.

The online avalanche of photos began on Saturday when Bahar Jalali, a former history professor at the American University in Afghanistan, tweeted a photo of herself in a bright, green Afghan dress with flowers embroidered onto a red backdrop.

This is Afghan culture. I am wearing a traditional Afghan dress. #AfghanistanCulture pic.twitter.com/DrRzgyXPvm

She posted it used the hashtag #AfghanistanCulture, and the . We will not let our culture to be appropriated by those who want to erase us, she wrote.

In the days that followed, many Afghans, mostly women, followed her lead on Twitter and Instagram.

This campaign reflects resilience, identity and defiance against an unelected, imposed rule, Toronto-area based Afghan activist Mina Sharif told CTVNews.ca in an email.

My mom (with me in her belly), my khalas, and my sisters in Afghanistan dresses #donottouchmyclothes #afghanistanwomen #AfghanistanCulture pic.twitter.com/P7i9bb0Em7

I join #WomenOfAfghanistan in the #DoNotTouchMyClothes campaign. While I will always a support a womans choice in attire, including the niqqab, I agree that dressing in black from head to toe is not #AfghanistanCulture Our clothes are vibrant, colourful and rich. pic.twitter.com/AR04mz61T4

Clothes are not a priority in a country facing what Afghanistan is at the risk of experiencing, but they are a universal symbol of expression and we deserve to reflect our identity.

Sharif was raised in Canada but started a girl s mentorship program in Afghanistan and worked with women-led radio stations from 2005 to 2019.

I met strong powerful women urban and rural communities -- modestly, colourfully dressed women in a variety of culturally diverse designs, she said. In the past 20 years, aspects of more ceremonial attire have ended up in light headscarves, jeans and everyday clothing of women going to work in offices or schools.
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