The masked women of Iran

The masks are worn by both Shiite and Sunni Musilms. But Shiites tend to wear red rectangular masks, while Sunnis usually wear black or golden ones made with indigo cloth and less geometric shapes. The golden ornaments on the veils and masks are reserved for weddings, to add a touch of sparkle during ceremonies. They also signify good financial health for anyone who wears such an ornate mask in everyday life, according to Eric. Each mask takes two days to make and is made-to-measure for the wearer.