Omani Eyeliner (Culture Flash)

A recent visit to the Omani Dress Museum revealed some interesting facts about the history of eyeliner in the region.

Eyeliner was traditionally made of burned or blackened shark liver.  It was carried in seashells wrapped in cloth. 

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The eyes were lined in this black substance to protect them from the reflection of the sun, which is why it was historically worn by men, women and children alike.

Eventually, modern containers and applicators were developed like this one made of Silver.

In the coming months we will discuss many aspects of Omani Dress, but if you are in town I highly recommend a visit to the museum.