Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia; Material: Pashmina (100%)
I am currently writing this post from Dakar, Senegal. For those who do not know, Senegal is a country in West Africa that is a predominantly Muslim nation. While living in Dakar, I am/will be working at a school, intercultural center, and relief organization. Most (or all) of the people I work with at the school areTurkish and Senegalese, and are Muslim. One of the Senegalese teachers (who I do not know very well and whose name I do not remember/cannot pronounce) recently traveled to Mecca (birthplace of prophet Muhammad and the holy land for Muslims) for a religious pilgrimage. She brought back a number of beautiful, 100% pashmina scarves for some of the teachers at the school. I happened to be there when she was giving them to the teachers in the teacher’s room, and she offered me one. Not knowing her or being Muslim, I felt bad, but she (and all of the other teachers) said it was okay and that a gift is a gift! I picked the deep purple you see above. It is so soft and delicate!