Doha-based filmmakers Charlotte Buchen and Elie Khadra recently produced a video for the New York Times featuring some of the unique stylings of Souq Waqif’s patrons.
Through discussion with locals and expats, it gives an idea of the influence tradition plays on daily life in Qatar, and hints at how the past might shape the future of style and fashion here.
When contacted by email for a little background on the video, Buchen had this to say about it:
“It was very challenging to find people, especially Qataris, to go on camera. I really appreciated those brave enough to speak with us and I hope viewers in this conservative culture will appreciate their courage.
We didn’t set out with an intended goal style-wise, other than to reflect some of the incredible diversity in Doha, but what we discovered was really interesting….there emerged a clear pattern – preserving tradition while looking forward and modernizing. I found that really touching and compelling.”
I really like the niqab (face cover) style ring… 🙂
That’d be a batoola. A niqab is the full-face veil similar to a sheila/hijab (or ninja masks as some people like to refer to them). 🙂
Thanks for this information.
Souq Waqif is my favourite spot in Qatar. We used to visit the old souqs but appreciate that the “refurbishments” had to happen and this is now an area which is a credit to Doha. While it is to soak up the “local” flavours that I love the Souqs, it’s the Qataris that I enjoy seeing the most. This video captures some of that specialness about the people here. Well done Omar.
This just goes to show how Doha/Qatar has embraced fashion whilst still remembering and honouring their heritage. Really nice brief insights into contemporary Qatar style via it’s young people.
This is a lovely film and I love the heritage captured. My only criticism (and this is me personally) is the focus on expensive material things. Again I’m just a simple person.