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Publish Date: 13:52 - 21 February 2015
Borkeh is a kind of burqa used by local women in Qeshm and other cities of the Iranian southern province of Hormozgan years ago.
Some women use borkeh as a part of their hijab today as well, however they offer it as a handicraft to tourists.
 
The borkeh is made from a kind of cotton cloth which named shileh or chalvar which is made in Qeshm Island. The part of veil, which covers the nose, is from palm tree.  
Qeshm Island handicraft: Borkeh sewing
 
The color and pattern of the veil indicates the marital statues as well as the hometown of the woman she wears it.  
 
There are different kinds of borkeh in different cities of Hormozgan. 
 
In Hormozgan’s islands the borkeh consist of three ribbons cover the eyebrow, nose and lips. The ribbon, which covers the lips are thicker in comparison to the ribbon on eyebrow. 
 
However, in mainland cities the borkeh covers all the face of the women and only their eyes can be seen.

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