Iran General NewsIran gets shirty over ties

Iran gets shirty over ties

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ImageAFP: A top Iranian customs official has called for imports of ties to be banned because they are "against Iranian culture," the Fars news agency reported on Thursday, amid a crackdown on unIslamic dress.

ImageTEHRAN (AFP) — A top Iranian customs official has called for imports of ties to be banned because they are "against Iranian culture," the Fars news agency reported on Thursday, amid a crackdown on unIslamic dress.

"Imports of some apparel are not banned but serious action should be taken to stop the import of ties which contradict the nature of Iranian culture," state customs bureau deputy head Asghar Hamidi was quoted as saying.

"We need to change the country's import regulations to this end," said Hamidi, who is also head of a state plan for the "development of culture, chastity and the veil."

The wearing of ties was promoted under the deposed US-backed shah. But has been banned in government offices since the 1979 Islamic revolution as a sign of Westernisation.

Members of Iran's Basij militia on occasion even went out on to the streets armed with scissors to snip off the offending accessory in the post-revolution period.

Iran launched an unprecedented moral crackdown on unIslamic dress last year, particular against woman who are obliged to fully cover their hair and body and against "Western" hairstyles.

In recent years many women have pushed the boundaries by showing off bare ankles and fashionably styled hair beneath their headscarves or wearing tight overcoats and it has become increasingly popular for men, particularly doctors and businessmen, to wear ties.

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