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Lost Treasures: Beauty, Repression, and Womanhood in Iraqi Kurdistan

Updated: May 12

Vintage white enamel beads
Vintage white enamel beads

When I was in the first grade, my aunt Zakeya, my mother’s sister, gifted me a necklace crafted from pearly white, round plastic beads. It wasn't made of precious stones, but I would not have traded it for anything. We lived in a post-war era. Our parents couldn't afford real jewelry, dresses, toys, or other luxuries. They had more pressing concerns.

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