“But I’m sure when you go back to the countryside, you dress more conservatively, right?” I asked, eyeing her skin-tight jeans.
My friend nodded. “Yes, of course. But I still don’t wear the scarf; it makes my head itch.”
“You don’t wear a headscarf?” I couldn’t keep the shock out of my voice. “Everyone in the countryside wears a scarf! That’s just what you do. Even I wear a scarf when I go there, and I’m a foreigner.”
Now is was my friend’s turn to be surprised. “You wear a scarf? Why?”
“Because that’s just what you do. I mean, I wouldn’t run around the city without a bra on; it would be totally inappropriate. Everyone would stare at me. The same with not wearing a scarf in the countryside.”
She tilted her head to the side slightly. “They would be staring at you because you’re a foreigner, not because you’re missing an item of clothing,” she said, finally.
In the city you see jeans and t-shirts, arms, legs and faces. Trendy Modern Uyghur women
In the country side it's all about long skirts, long sleeves, head scarves, and no skin