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A little chat

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Share this page Photo © 2009 Marjolein Katsma | Text © 2010 Marjolein Katsma


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people, travel, dress, women, market, shopping, chat, together, headscarf, tajikistan, dushanbe, mbs


It’s late afternoon in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital. In a market street, two women have just wrapped up their wares, and are having a little chat and a bit of bread before heading home. The late sun is like a spotlight between the deep shadows from buildings and large trees.

I think they may be sisters, or they are close friends, given that both wear the same dress and the same headscarf. It’s not unusual in Central Asia to see two or three women, together, wearing the same dress, or dresses made from the same material – possibly it’s cheaper that way: if you order two or more of the same you can haggle for a discount. But it may also be a statement: “we’re together”. I’ve seen it with two old women living together, I’ve seen it with two young girls walking arm-in-arm.

Taken in Dushanbe, Tajikistan 2009
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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