The Persian Gulf is one of the hottest areas of the globe. The region has historically served
as the trading depot and confluence of the Arabian, Persian, Indian, and African worlds.
Under Islam these groups mixed.The cloth for the traditional dress was often imported from
India and other areas, which until this century were more accessible by sea than the arduous
land routes from the interior of Iran. Perhaps due to the extreme heat and humidity of this
region, masks are worn in place of veils.