Myself in Abbaya in my studio
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2008, photograph
The abbaya, the Turkish costume of court women from the 1920s, consists of a long black dress with gloves and a veil. It was not of a religious nature but rather signaled that the women wearing it did not  have to work. In some Islamic countries this costume has become a female uniform. The abbaya serves the purpose of concealment: the wearer cannot be recognized.