Public Face of Islam in Kumasi

By Gracia Clark

Women Slideshow

View SlideShow
Standard Veil
View Full Record

In this very common style for formal occasions, a middle-aged woman wears a printed cotton log-sleeved blouse with matching skirt and head tie, adding sheer white veil over her head and shoulders.

Courtesy of Carmen Paz (2011)
Headscarf Variations
View Full Record

A line of women showing many variations in dress. From right to left: dark cotton print dress and matching head tie with a shoulder scarf; colorful hair beads with a short-sleeved dress printed with Islamic symbols; longer white headscarves showing beaded hair with long-sleeved white robes (2); Yoruba-style starched head tie matching a short-sleeved beige robe; beads only with long white robe (small child); white opaque veil covering head and shoulders and long-sleeved white robe.

Courtesy of Ata Muhammed (2011)
Bright Veil
View Full Record

Brightly colored sheer lace veils like the white ones are also common.

Courtesy of Gracia Clark (2011)
Embroidered Veil
View Full Record

Black and dark brown or blue veils can be plain or richly decorated.

Courtesy of Gracia Clark (2011)
Modern Fashions
View Full Record

These two girls combine conservative veils with shorter dresses in a more European style.

Courtesy of Carmen Paz (2011)
Schoolgirl
View Full Record

One girl in long-sleeved dress and opaque white veil with a pencil.

Courtesy of Gracia Clark (2011)
Veiled Trouser Suit
View Full Record

This woman casually covers her cotton print pantsuit with a long veil.

Courtesy of Gracia Clark (2011)
Token Veil
View Full Record

A woman wears her veil on one shoulder, with short sleeves.

Courtesy of Carmen Paz (2011)
Long Green Veil
View Full Record

Three close friends admire their friend's unusually long, opaque veil in a more Middle-eastern style.

Courtesy of Carmen Paz (2011)

Related Objects

Standard Veil
Standard Veil (2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Headscarf Variations
Headscarf Variations (2011)
Courtesy of Ata Muhammed

Bright Veil
Bright Veil (2011)
Courtesy of Gracia Clark

Embroidered Veil
Embroidered Veil (2011)
Courtesy of Gracia Clark

Modern Fashions
Modern Fashions (2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Schoolgirl
Schoolgirl (2011)
Courtesy of Gracia Clark

Veiled Trouser Suit
Veiled Trouser Suit (2011)
Courtesy of Gracia Clark

Token Veil
Token Veil (2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Long Green Veil
Long Green Veil (2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz


Related Essay
Creator: Paz, Carmen
Clark, Gracia
Description: A range of dress styles that express modesty and Islamic faith
Subject: Women
Date Range: 2000-2009
Location: Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana
Format: Image/jpeg
Rights Management: For educational use only.
Contributing Institution: Camen Paz; Gracia Clark; MATRIX: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University
Digitizer: Carmen Paz

Validate: XHTML | CSS