On the southeast coast of Iran in the city of Minab (Hormozgan province) is held a market, the ‘Panjshambe bazaar’ gathering all the merchants of the Persian Gulf region.
The unique lifestyle of the Bandaris (literally » those of the port » ) stands out amid the colorful atmosphere where you can find all styles of clothing from India or Africa , Arab or Persian ancient .
Women, wear a curious mask called » bandari burqa » . This mask covers their niqab ( veil covering the face except the eyes) or their simple hijab ( veil that leaves the face visible ) . A clothing tradition that dates back to the Portuguese occupation in the sixteenth century . Women’s settlers wore it to protect themselves from the sun and to keep their white skin. However, despite all preconceptions , they manage their own business, smoke , talk and move independently of men who appear to be their equal in the Panjshambe bazaar.