The Minab market is a unique mix – even to my well-traveled eyes.
It’s the way women dress: colorful hijab scarves or black chador cloaks, yet more intriguing are their bird-like masks.
These masks originate from Arabia.
It’s said they were adopted by Arabian women to thwart the advances of Portuguese slave traders some centuries ago.
And it’s this attire – along with the different ethnic faces, which reveals something of Minab’s history; once a trade hub on a route linking Iran (Persia) with Arabia, Pakistan and Africa.
The “Panjshambe Bazaar” attracts people from all over the Hormozgan region of southern Iran. Languages spoken include a Minabi dialect of Farsi, alongside Arabic and Urdu.
And being a foreign male in an Islamic country (and without a local fixer) often means the best photos are never taken.
When asked by local folks why I photograph I answer. I am not a professional. I won’t sell your image.
The objective of my photos – hobby aside – is to take pictures to counter my fading memories. And also to share my travels with other people. That’s you, readers 🙂