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I cannot speak for the women of Iran (not that I can speak for the women anywhere,) but I shall write down some of my observations. In Tehran and to lesser extent in Isfahan, young women in particular are quietly pushing the boundaries of the dress code. They go for bright colours and although they are careful to cover their hair and ankles, they do manage to look glamorous. Their high heels, fairly tight but knee high upper garments over black slacks(usually black, although I have seen white and red slacks) and fashion accessories like handbags and sunglasses perched casually on their heads, make them look very fashion conscious. The face is usually the main point of attention with makeup, false eyelashes and "escaping" in front of the headscarf are sometimes locks of a
honey coloured perm. Sometimes later I shall write about the "Iranian nose" and the lucrative (for the surgeons)corrective surgery that is de rigeur amongst both young men and women.

In Qom and other cities that have shrines to Imams, the women's attire is the respectful chador. On religious days in particular one only sees black and the only skin that is exposed is the oval shape of face.

As for this restaurant, on the left, several tables were occupied by boisterous women who cheered and hand clapped in appreciation of the live music we were listening to.The music was Turkic in style, vibrant and irresistibly joyful. Needless to say the women wore bright clothes for their evening out.

The two young women on the right were not part of the group. Our little group sitting further back comprised the only foreign element in this popular, local restaurant.By the way, the food was wonderful, the bread freshly baked in a tandoor oven and the desert heavenly.

PS: Just after we left Isfahan we heard about the acid throwing incident where several young women had acid thrown at their faces. Almost instantaneously in Tehran and Isfahan mass demonstration occurred demanding swift apprehension and severe punishment of the moronic people involved. It is interesting to note that while the Western media went the whole hog about the incident, they did not mention the people's protest and the promise by the authorities that they will do their utmost to catch those guilty.

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