Barcelona Photoblog: Ethnic Clothing in Barcelona Streets

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ethnic Clothing in Barcelona Streets

Purple ethnic dress, Portal del Angel,Barcelona, Spain [enlarge]

I am no clothing expert and when I shoot maybe I look for a certain expression or a peculiar scene and not for how people are dressed, well, not that often I mean. This is not a fashion blog. But I reckon sometimes some colors are striking and even certain dresses stand out in the crowd. This is what looks like an Indian dress or something but don't take my word on that. If you are interested in older posts related to colorful dresses you can check these: Bollywood Dance or Punjabi Dress

No matter how misinformed I am about this topic, I am really glad we have such cultural diversity in Barcelona.


  1. great capture on the expression of the locals eyeing the foreigners.

  2. Yes, indeed. It is an Indian dress- originally from the northern states (particularly Punjab)... but now popular all over the country for the comfort and ease of wearing it affords :)
    The Top is called a Kurta (or a Kurti/ Kameez, if is is shorter), the loose-fitted bottom-wear is a Shalwar (if it is form-fitted, it's called a Churidar)... the combo is called Salwar Kurta. The flowing stole is called a Dupatta.
    You really have a very ethnically diverse city :)

  3. Shes a sikh women :)

  4. Anonymous3:22 PM

    I was recently working on a stall at the Barcelona Harley Days event at the Plaza De Espana, Barcelona and saw several similaly dressed Asian women who turned out to be British speaking Bangeladeshi Muslims who had been worshipping at the nearby Mosque.

    They came past several times and I was amazed to see them and their families out walking dogs, as I've never seen Bangeladeshi Muslims owning dogs in the UK as untill now I thought they considerd dogs unclean?

  5. Great cities embrace diversity in their midst, and good people welcome it. I am not sure you realize what a powerful commentary this image makes, Carlos. You captured wary, perhaps judgmental, expressions on the faces of the man and woman looking on. And I think I see tension perhaps in the jawline of the woman dressed in the sari. She appears to have taken care with her appearance for public and is aware that it is being observed in an almost confrontational way.

    What a remarkable commentary on mistrust, bias, racism -&- pride, fear, sadness...and the best part is we don't for sure know which of these emotions are truly there. I think this is a great, great shot.

  6. I just saw that one of the comments above mine describes her as a Sikh woman. I am not sure her outfit would be called a sari, in that case. We have a Sikh community in our state capitol city of Salem, and they are such kind people.


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