Kabul's mannequins, hooded and masked under Taliban rules
January 15, 2023
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Under the Taliban, the mannequins in women's dress shops across the Afghan capital of Kabul are a haunting sight, their heads cloaked in cloth sacks or wrapped in black plastic bags.
The hooded mannequins are one symbol of the Taliban's puritanical rule over Afghanistan. But in a way, they are also a small show of resistance and creativity by Kabul's dress merchants.
Initially, the Taliban wanted the mannequins to be outright beheaded.
Not long after they seized power in August 2021, the Taliban Ministry of Vice and Virtue decreed that all mannequins must be remo...