A memory of my mother

Relationship: Im/migrant
A white veil
A white veil

The veil is an accessory of cultural tradition in Senegal. The veil is often made of a light fabric with some transparency, but can also be opaque. The veil is used religiously, generally intended to hide all or part of the body and which covers the head of women leaving the face visible. Muslim women wear the veil to perform the prayer. The veil represents my religion and my education in my family. When I left my country to come here to the United States, my mother gave me this veil, for me it's like a memory of her. The veil is connected to my identity because it represents my culture and my religion. It is so important for me to wear a veil when doing my daily prayers. In my culture, it is a symbol of education for girls and women to wear the veil. The veil is important to me because my mother gave it to me. And every time I see it, it reminds me of what my mother said to me when I came to the United States: "Remember to do your daily prayers". When I was in my country, every hour of prayer my mother reminded me of this. Now, I am far from her but thanks to this veil that she gave me I have the impression that she is close to me. This veil often reminds me to do my daily prayers every day. And it reminds me of my mother every time I see this veil but also my country.

Place(s): Senegal, New York City
Year: 2019


Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant