My Grandfather

In Attire
Relationship: Im/migrant
My Grandfather. “Emama”
My Grandfather. “Emama”

It is said that those who have children do not die. They used to say that I looked like my grandfather. My grandfather used to wear it in special events too such as marriages, Eid holidays, or important meetings. The Imamah is only worn in Yemen by the upper class citizens such as Lawyers, Judges, and heads of towns. My grandfather was the head of the town in Yemen and everyone respected him. In some towns in Yemen, the head of the town gets elected and some of them take their status by force. My grandfather got elected by the townspeople because he was educated and everyone came to him whenever they had problems. He was respected by everyone. But today there are a lot of injuste heads of towns so he wanted to avoid being labeled as those who just want to be the head for power or money. My grandfather got his Imamah from his grandfather and his grandfather got it from his grandfather. It has been passed on for many generations. It has a different material than all other Emamas available today. It is heavier and has better quality material. Today the Imamah has a bad reputation because people use it to do injustice or to spread injustice by taking people's land and rights. That is why people started hating people who wear the Imamah. For me and other people, we do not hate my grandfather Imamah  because it was used for justice and honesty to the point that it is used as an example to say “Once you have Majle’s (my grandfather) Imamah, we will allow you to talk.

Place(s): Yemen
Year: 1890

– AA

Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant