A really natty gift this from a friend who has just spent a couple of years in Afghanistan. It is a miniature, doll's size burqa which serves as a bottle cover. I have, as a mark of cultural respect, placed it here over a bottle of mineral water - how could I do otherwise?
But it is a neatly subversive way of challenging cultural constraints.
But sod the social anthropology - it also makes me smile, and it's an altogether happier souvenir of Afghanistan than those carpet squares sporting an outline map of the country and a Kalashnikov which used to be sold all across Islamabad.
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