Long banned under the Khamenei regime, as a symbol of Western decadence, ties are back in vogue in Iran, especially among entrepreneurs or trendy young people from the northern districts of the capital Tehran. The France 24 website reports it, posting some testimonies, such as that of a 27-year-old dentist, Mohammad Javad, who entered a trendy shop with his mother and ordered this accessory for the first time ever in order to make a good impression with his in-laws.
A symbol of western culture
“In our society, wearing a tie is like wearing a mask before Covid-19,” said the shop owner, recalling that “people on the street still have a negative view” of this garment. “Unfortunately, we Iranians have imposed strange and unnecessary restrictions on ourselves,” he added. “It will take some time for that to change, but hopefully it will.” Iran banned the wearing of neckties for men after the overthrow of the US-backed monarch in 1979 as a symbol of Western culture.
Protests for the restrictions imposed on women
After disappearing for decades, ties reappeared in some shop windows during the era of reformist President Mohammad Khatami from 1997 to 2005. Today ministers, senior officials and heads of state-owned companies do not wear them and opt for button-down or open collar shirts . Dress rules have fueled violent protests in Iran, particularly over restrictions placed on women such as the mandatory wearing of the Islamic headscarf. Rules hotly contested after Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa Amini died while she was in the custody of the morality police in mid-September for not wearing the hijab properly.