Photography of Muslim Women
Photography of Muslim women is generally considered offensive, and anyone caught taking pictures may face the wrath of their male relations, or may have to answer to the police. Therefore, anyone wanting to take pictures of women in their abayas should do so discretely and from a distance.Most female citizens of Yemen are Muslim, and therefore normally dress in the abaya (also called the shaili), a black full-length covering. Koranic law dictates that the abaya be worn whenever in public. The abaya seems to come in many styles and varies from region to region throughout Yemen. Many are quite fashionable. Under the abaya, women wear loose sirwal, or trousers, and a kandura, a dress frequently embroidered in gold or silver.