Photographer's Note

Varzaneh, located 105 kilometers to the southeast of Esfahan city, is known for its women residents who wear a head-to-toe white Chaador (= a kind of covering).
Since ancient times, all girls and women in Varzaneh have traditionally worn the white covering. This is attributed to different reasons, including the area’s pre-Islamic custom.
Nowadays only some women in this city wear their white Chaador as they used to (like the lady in the shot) and some of them wear black Chaador (without covering their faces) like one can see in different cities of Iran.

The bridge in the photo is one of the oldest bridges built on Zayandehroud River and dates back to the Safavid era . The brick bridge is 86 meters long and has a width of 6.5 meters and a height of 6 meters.

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