This Egyptian woman was shopping for grains from colorful, burlap sacks at an open-air market in Luxor. Young Egyptian woman have adopted many Western fashion trends. However, older women still wear the traditional abaya. This is a large, often black and shapeless dress. It is typically accompanied by a scarf covering the hair but not the face. This attire is often worn for religious reasons. However, it is also a practical garment to shield from the intense heat and wind-driven sand.