Portrait of a veiled woman in a remote desert settlement
Bhojon Village, Bap (aka. Baap), nr. Phalodi, Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India
Ghoonghat (Hindi) describes a veil or headscarf still worn by women in some parts of rural India to cover their head, and often their face. Traditionally, Ghoonghat is an expression of modesty, concealing identity and regulates a young woman's interaction especially with older men, but here in the desert area of the Thar the ghoonghat seems to be mainly worn simply to keep sand from blowing onto the face. Later, inside her house, the woman readily unveiled despite my and other men's company.