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DAY 20 of 21 DAY EXPERIENCE OF WOMAN IN ABAYA

Abaya can be a fashion garment and some women have 30 or more abayas in their closet. Wafaa explained that women like to show off their new clothes, no matter where they live. But in Saudi Arabia, when you go out of the house, it’s not realistic to think you will have opportunity to show off your new jeans and a blouse--but you can show off your new abaya.

Day 19 of 21 Day Experience of Woman in Abaya

I spent the afternoon in Ivy Leagued Harvard Square--mostly in the Harvard College quadrangle--hoping I might get smarter by osmosis, just by strolling among the elite, the gifted, and the buildings that house extraordinary collections of books, and visiting the Out of Town Newsstand.

DAY 18 OF 21 DAY EXPERIENCE OF WOMAN IN ABAYA

Boston Artists Bo Petran and Christine Palamidessi discuss their upcoming show--Wabi-Sabi, Febraury 2019-- and the intent behind the Abaya project.

DAY 17 OF 21 DAY EXPERIENCE OF WOMAN IN ABAYA

During the past 16 days many people have asked why I am not covering my hair when I am wearing the abaya and the veil. I thought it might be interesting to bring in an expert: the wonderful and lovely Saudi woman who is mentoring me during the abaya project.

Day16 of 21 Day Experience of Woman in Abaya

Today I talked to Wililam DeLove, a homeless person. When I told him I was an artist experiencing 21 Days in the Abaya.  He said, "I thought you were a nun."

Day 15 of 21 Day Experience in Abaya

The Indian statue at Sunrise Park on the Mohawk Trail greets the Great Spirit and reminds us:  Love. Love. Love. Other people. Your fate. Your obstacles. Love it all. Because it’s the only way.

Day 14 of 21 Day Experience in Abaya

Beauty is glad to come and go freely at the Corning Museum of Glass in Elmira, New York

Day 13 of 21 Day Experience in Abaya

DAY 12 OF 21 DAY EXPERIENCE OF WOMAN IN ABAYA

Since today is the anniversary of the Saudi Arabia's royal decree allowing the government to issue drivers license to women, and I'm in Watkins Glen (car racing capital) , it is also a good day to  pay tribute to a woman’s right to drive her own car; say what she needs to say; stand up for herself and her country.

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