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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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