Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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This image is of a fabric merchant in Samarkand, Uzbekistan circa 1910. I love the color, the stark contrast between the exquisite fabrics and the drab wood of the shop itself. It is a lost time when you went to another country and actually felt that you were in a different place, the unfortunate part of globalization is that our world hasn’t become connected and a global character shared, it is just a sense of Western imposition.

I wish you could go through airports and see a man dressed like that, truly reflecting his culture, rather than the conformity of Western styles that we see today. Do you think it will ever be possible for that sort of change to occur? Will we ever truly be accepting of other cultures?

One thing that I’ve noticed about “traditional dress” is that women tend to be able to wear their traditional clothing far more frequently than do men, why is that?

When we say that we as a society are truly open to different things, I wonder, are we really? Or are we only open to things that we can safely digest and understand without being afraid by something unknown to us? Why is a turban, a robe, or other forms of clothing derogatory? Are those really backward forms of clothing?

I wish for a day when we truly are a globalized society, instead of one that must fit a triangle in a square peg.

Osama Eisa

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