In the city of Nakhchivan, located in Azerbaijan, local government has banned women who have government funded jobs to wear nylon pantyhose. Their government consistently keeps on surprising the public with new bans – internet clubs, social media, and even Playstation salons. Cafes and hair salons also got closed down.
School teachers are not allowed to wear high heels, short skirts, low cut tops. They are also banned from wearing nail polish and from coloring their hair. If a teacher would be dressed like that, she would not be able to enter the school. For civilians there are bans on walking in groups, hanging laundry on balconies, baking bread in certain ovens, and even performing some foreign-acquired funeral customs.
It is hard to say what causes this Muslim region to pass such laws, maybe an attempt to recover from the fashions and habits that remained from formal USSR. I am surprised how a woman from this country even managed to win Eurovision song contest at some point. It could be that laws vary from region to region, for example Baku doesn’t have such laws.
So ladies, if you ever end up in that area for a business meeting, keep in mind that wearing sheer pantyhose is a bad idea! In general, if you are going to such a country for business meeting, be aware that their standards may differ from ours. As rough as it may sound, it may be even better not to go and send your male substitute instead.
Comment from Twitter:
“I’ve actually been to Azerbaijan. Nakhchivan is an autonomous area, geographically and politically separate from the rest.”