Sunday, July 11, 2004

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Style for Iranian Women

: اخبار فارسی"
Sunday, July 11, 2004
يکشنبه ، 21 تير ، 1383
Iran's supreme leader proposes national costume

LONDON, July 11(IranMania) - Iranians should design a national costume of which they can be proud but should not take their lead from the pages of Western fashion magazines, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, was quoted as saying today.

"The young people in this country are pure believers and joyful and are very interested in Islam," he was quoted as telling young people in the western city of Hamadan. The Sharq daily said he returned to the idea of a national costume which he floated years ago.

Pointing to a national costume, he said, "Arabs, Indians, Indonesians and Africans have their own costumes and they are proud of them. I say sit down and design a national costume. But I am not saying that it should be something dating back to 500 years ago," he added. "I am saying if you want to cut your hair short, if you want to change the way you put on make-up, if you want to change the way you walk - then do it."

Iran's supreme leader criticized "cultural mimicry" in Iran. He said that we don't have any problem with coats and trousers.

"If fashion designers in Europe and America design a kind of clothes for men and women in their fashion magazines, should we copy them in Tehran, Mashhad and Hamadan? That would be bad," he said. "Cultural mimicry is a big danger, but don't get me wrong, I am not opposed to fashion, variety and innovation."

"Some women appear in the streets half a millimetre from breaking the Islamic dress code. It is a very dangerous trend." the Expediency Council member, Ahmad Khatami said in Gonaabad, a northeastern city in Iran.

Wearing hijab is mandatory in Iran and women will be punished for not having the 'proper hijab'.

Much more than a way of clothing, hijab is based on an "Islamic doctrine". It is designed to control women's sexuality much more effectively than any other religion or ideological system. In Iran as an Islamic state women have the right of choice in type of hijab. In past few years there has been made a tendency toward western fashions among Iranian teens."

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