Veiled woman in desert settlement
nr. Khidrat village, north of Bap (aka. Baap), Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India
Ghoonghat 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 veil seems to be mainly worn simply to keep sand from blowing onto the face. Later, the woman readily unveiled despite my and other men's company.