With the jambiya worn as a status symbol, it shouldn't surprise that many men in Yemen are careful dressers. Even if it's as simple as a t-shirt, a wrap and a scarf, many obviously color-match the pieces. This man I met outside a roadside cafe between Sana'a and Marib struck me as particularly elegant with his long shirt, headscarf and even his t-shirt perfectly color-matched - I tried to communicate this to him but failed, knowing no more than a few words of Arabic, but he was willing enough to pose for a picture when I asked him ("mumkin sura?").
The bulge in his shirt is his portion of qat for the day.
The cars in the background are the ubiquitous Toyota pickup trucks in Yemen: all mechanical, no electronics, so if necessary they can be easily repaired even in the middle of the desert.
(Note: latitude/longitude estimated; I have no measurement for this location.)
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happypoppeye (4819) 2007-05-31 1:07
Great photo. The sky is a little "blown" out but no big deal. The expression of the man is great and his posture is really good also. I especially like the hand on the jambiya, the detail in the belt, the prayer beads around the jambiya and his expression (of course). Great daily life photo.
- Copyright: Marjolein Katsma (iamback) (50)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-06
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/450 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Environmental portraits [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-05-30 3:44