There's an awful lot of flesh on display at Qasre Aros in central
Kabul. Arms and shoulders are free to the elements, while necklines
plunge daringly low on garish ballgowns made of every shade of synthetic
material imaginable and encrusted with fake jewels.
skin may be the orangey plastic of the dozens of mannequins lining the
walls, the dresses are worn every night by real Afghan brides. But the
days when brides-to-be would flock to the shops of central Kabul's
Shar-e-Now Park may be numbered. Conservative elements of Hamid Karzai's
government are pushing for far-reaching restrictions on weddings the
likes of which have not been seen since the Taliban regime.
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