THE WOMEN OF KASHGAR: DORIS SKRINE’S WATER COLOURS – TAASA Review March 2022
Marika Vicziany I n 1924, Doris Skrine, the wife of the British Consul in Kashgar, left this oasis town in western China after her husband’s two year posting.
Her water colours of Kashgar women in 1922-1924, now housed in the Papers of Sir Clarmont Skrine, British Library, reveal an interesting aspect of the lives of the Muslim women she came to know.
Her paintings are especially revealing in depicting women going about their daily lives in public, without full face and body coverings, dark clothing and male chaperones. Festival of the Ide (after Ramadan), Doris Forbes Skrine Collection, British Library, MSS EU F154/54...