Behind the veil: ceremonies customs and colour

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Oxford University Press, 1992 - History - 191 pages
Originally published in 1953, Behind the Veil captures the splendor and opulence of "life behind the veil": the women's world where over the centuries in the courts of the Mughal Kings of Delhi and Lucknow, unobserved and unattended by men, many of Pakistan and India's customs and ceremonies evolved. Shaista Ikramullah's exquisite collection of essays examines how in this women's world the vanished glory of the past lived on. It is in the pageantry of the wedding ceremonies, in the dazzle of the jewelry, and in the variety of dresses that one still finds the magic of the Orient and the East.

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