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Body: Female: Yemen
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Throughout Yemen, there has been a shift in the aesthetic constitution of the feminine from elaborate body decoration and variety in clothing styles to homogeneity and simplicity of form. For example, the ornate silver jewelry that was once unique to the region has given way to gold jewelry and, currently in the cities, to a preference for imported silver costume jewelry. For the most part, this is not in reaction to consumerism, as has occurred in societies with longer access to Western media. Rather, it indicates…

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Adra, Najwa, “Body: Female: Yemen”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0159h>
First published online: 2009

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