In this Monday, April 15, 2013 photo, Indian tailors cut fabric and sew abayas at Al Esma Gown Industry in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Just a few years ago, Gulf Arab women usually only felt ... more 
In this Monday, April 15, 2013 photo, Indian tailors cut fabric and sew abayas at Al Esma Gown Industry in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Just a few years ago, Gulf Arab women usually only felt comfortable showing off their fashion sense at ladies-only parties or family gatherings. In public, at least in their home countries, the standard all-black abaya _ a simple floor-length covering and accompanying head scarf _ was the only culturally accepted option. But now a new generation of abaya designers are giving the traditional garment a twist with choices of fabric, designs and even some expensive bling to allow Gulf women a host of style options. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Kamran Jebreili
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