In an attempt to understand one part of this culture, I recently bought a full traditional wardrobe for women, including the abaya (robe), hijab (head scarf) and nikab (face covering). Here are a few pictures from the other night. I had to take the pictures myself, so some of them aren't the greatest. I won't go into detail in this post on my thoughts about the covering and women in the Middle East; however, I can certainly say from my own 10 minute experience in this outfit that it is stifling and clausterphobic. I felt like I couldn't get enough oxygen, and that my own persona disappeared into a veil of black.