The Fashionable Tatar

by Nathan Hamm on 6/30/2005 · 8 comments

Younghusband of Coming Anarchy sent me an NPR story about Tatar entrepreneurs who are meeting the fashion needs of religiously observant Tatar women.

Younghusband said he’s interested to know my thoughts about the story, though there are no pictures for me to mock or praise. If some Tatar women feel they need to cover themselves up more, the way these entrepreneurs have chosen doesn’t sound too bad.

The styles are a far cry from traditional loose Tatar gowns and white eyelet headscarves. The striking fabrics, inspired by Islamic dress in Morocco, Pakistan and other Muslim countries, have won fans for giving hints off the body beneath the clothing.


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Quid July 1, 2005 at 3:48 pm

Nathan: I am desperately trying to trackback this post. The trackback url isn’t working. Any suggestions?
My post:
http://quidnimis.squarespace.com/journal/2005/7/1/when-guys-do-fashion-commentary.html

Nathan July 1, 2005 at 4:08 pm

I’m not sure why it’s not letting you. Try sending a trackback to something way back in the archives so I can see if it’s just something about this post.

Something could be getting caught up in my blacklist. Don’t see what it would be, but I could be missing something.

Quid July 1, 2005 at 5:46 pm

I found it by right-clicking and copying the link location. Learn something new…

Hey, Nathan: you talk fashion, but what’s with the semi-clothed Tataress you linked to on MY site? Quid is a family site (a weird family, to be sure, but still…) Please to keep the clothes on!

Nathan July 1, 2005 at 6:10 pm

We obviously have very different standards of propriety. She’s quite covered in my book.

Quid July 1, 2005 at 7:20 pm

Yes, well that man’s shirt isn’t painted on, I’ll give you that. It isn’t even buttoned.

Propriety? Fashion shoots aren’t about propriety. She’s apparently naked under a man’s shirt on what appears to be a public sidewalk. She’s technically covered, but…

[this is a test. I will know exactly how many men read your blog in no time flat.]

Nathan July 1, 2005 at 7:28 pm

Well, I did find one that would really help you out on that…

Quid July 1, 2005 at 8:04 pm

Thanks, you’re a pal. You all are hosting Carnival of the Babes, sorry, Revolutions next week, yes? Will Franklin is actually writing an article for an actual print publication about “The Revolutionary Theory of Babes.” I don’t think Miss Tatar quite qualifies because she’s not overtly demonstrating her love for political freedom. Maybe I could photoshop a little “I (heart) Bush” on her knee…

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