PURDAH - THE SACRED CLOTH
“I wear my headscarf as cultural signifier for who I am and what I believe”
Arpita Shah’s photographs portray women from the Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities in Scotland, who practice the tradition of head covering or veiling. Shah highlights the significance of the Purdah – the ‘sacred cloth’ – and its deeply personal meanings to the women she collaborated with as part of the project.
Her portraits seek to address the common misconceptions around the tradition of head covering and veiling through representations of contemporary women who choose to practice this tradition.