20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel

I took this photo during a trip to Masuleh, one of the Northern cities of Iran. A little girl was playing house on the windowsill. My homeland was her gaze and her innocent smile. In Iran, when girls are young, playing house is their sweetest pastime. By playing this old game, they are emulating the femininity, housewifery and routine of their mothers. Cotton chadors with floral patterns, worn by little girls of short stature, do symbolize this game... It is as if one must wear a chador here to be a mother and a housewife.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Masuleh, Iran
Copyright: © Kataun Navidi