The veil is normally seen as one accessory rather than as an article of clothing. It is a portion or piece of fabric that is light and fresh in the majority of cases. Usually it is placed on any part of the face, covering the bottom section of the same in the majority of cases. In other cases, the veil can cover the entire face and fall from the top of the head, as is observed with the veils that make up wedding dresses. Finally, other veils are part of the same clothes that is folded and accommodates about face. In any of the three cases, the veil serves two main functions: first, to protect the face of the inhospitable climate that can occur in desert areas, with lots of Sun and sand storms (that veil is common in the Middle East). The second reason why it is used, is to cover those parts of the body that some cultures such as the Islamic considered unwise to let the view, especially the mouth and part of the feminine face.
While the veil is a characteristic element of the idiosyncrasies of certain cultures, West sees it and assimilate it as an element of oppression generated by men on women and that represents, in other words, the dominance and the deep patriarchal structure of the cultures of the Middle East and Islam.
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