Sunday, December 14, 2014

Creativity and the Khaleej---allow me to be cruel

When it comes to business---or what a girl's allowed to wear in terms of abaya fashion--- Khaleejis(Omanis for sure, and I say that with love) just aren't creative.

Now of course, I am generalizing. There are some creative (brave) artistic souls out there but I meet them rarely.

Contemplating business, there are so few brave (Omani) investors. Everyone has to do what has already been done to feel safe (which is why one can buy a chai karak basically anywhere in the country but try finding anything but Pizza hut and chicken tikka in Nizwa, I dare you). Salalah has been worse.

Anyways, this stems even to abayas (which I'd contemplated as a business for a while). What gets an ok from relatives is what other girls are already wearing in the neighborhood.

A style starts by being worn by the slutty ***I don't judge them--I am basing my rant on other people's opinions*** girls. To my region of Oman filled with its own section of highly judgemental people this mean the girls who

a. wear a lot of make-up
b. wear their abaya totally open with scandalously tight or see-through clothes underneath
c. have their hair out
d. probably have high heels or runners (chic ones) on their perfectly pedicured feet

Note again: I don't judge them. I know exactly three women who dres this way who are better Muslims than me and sooooooooooo not slutty.

Then its adopted by the trendy but not religious girls. These girls cover but maybe have some hair out and make up.

Then it is adopted by the girls who cover with no hair out but some (not over-the-top) makeup. They are still not considered relgious (even if they are or consider themselves to be that). I consider myself in here while I am supposed to be here...

...according to relatives and an Omani husband.

These girls cover, where minimal makeup, and still wear new styles (which are, by now, sadly, over 1-2 years out of date).

Then when they are wearing it, it's ok for pretty much anybody else who may not care about fashion or ever wear makeup (or colour).

Creative right?: not.

Anyways, end of that rant for today.


Lulu's veiw said...

In your rants I feel like you live in a different Oman.

I wear makeup, hair covered, keep up with the trends, wear the shoes I feel like wearing, as do 80% of my acquaitances my age, we're not categorised as sluts in no means. A slut in my world is one you hear stories about, we have to have proof.

I agree, the definition of religous is quite annoying and based only on the act and exterior appearance.

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Lulu the hair covered girls the genral public (in Oman) doesn't classify as "slutty" ect... just not caring about religion even if they do ect....

I agree about calling someone "a slut" or judging them ect...

You are from Ash Sharqiyah right?

My friends are from Muscat via Mutrah, Old Muscat, and Al Athaiba (sometimes Tanzania) and my inlaws are from Ad Dhakliyia;).

Oman can be different depending who one is surrounded with in terms of friends and family.

I just meant, here, following trends is more common than creating them. I wondered, is this due to a fear of not being the first in or failing?

Not as classifying all Omanis to be judgement;)

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

And you're pre-med at SQU?;): of course your Oman is different in terms of friends. I can wear coloured abayas at SQU and with doctors be my crazy self rather than the self I have been taught I should have in other parts of Oman:)

Hebah Dwidari said...

i wouldn't consider someone who doesn't even follow the proper Islamic dress code to be more religious then I am, at least not in that aspect. because if they were so religious wouldn't they be covering properly, just saying.

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Hebah: I am not talking about an aspect, I am talking how ppl consider the whole. One aspect becomes a definition of a person.

Hijab as important as it is in islam and to me, isn't actually a pillar of Islam ect... although it helps with prayer.

I consider someone who covers to pray even if not out and about, and who prayers more than me, depends on Allah more than me, gives more in zakat, and is kinder and more patient than I am, better as a Muslim than I am regardless the "higher state" of my hijab ect...

Lulu's veiw said...

Yes, from Sharqiyah. I guess we're less reserved, it's socially acceptable to wear Omani (very colorful) in public rather than an Abaya.

Creativity-wise, Omanis would stick to photography and a bit blogging. Nothing too avante-garde this side of the world.

I'm actually pre-med at OMC, which is even considered a more "open-minded" environment due to the number of expats we have.

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Lulu: I love that about Eids in Sharqiyia;). One of my inlaws is from there and I like how she wears Omani dress. It's hijab to me so I don't care;).

But others talk and be like, ayyyb and its such a scandal;) lol.

Oh, I've never heard of OMC. COngratualtions:)