Veils have been worn for hundreds of years by both men and women. A Veil may hide its wearer, or make its wearer stand out.

A Veil may be unique to a geographic area, to a tribe, or to the ethnic group to which the wearer belongs.

A Veil may reveal the wealth, social status, and cultural/religious affinity of the wearer.

Isabella de la Houssaye

Isabella de la Houssaye will present a “Show & Tell” on traditional veils from North Africa to Central Asia. She will discuss how to interpret their meaning and significance to better understand the people and societies who wore them.


Where: Bramwell House, YWCA Princeton, 59 Robeson Place, Princeton, NJ

When: Friday, March 8, 2019, 4 PM

Free & Open to the Public.

Isabella de la Houssaye has worked and travelled the world extensively, and is the owner of Material Culture, a Philadelphia-based importer, retailer and auctioneer of art, antiques and traditional crafts from around the world. She has a passion for cultural studies and has curated a number of exhibits related to traditional cultures in Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Central and South America.

Princeton Middle East Society presentation on veils at Bramwell YWCA Princeton