Not to be confused with the head-to-toe cover used in Afghanistan, the Gulf burqa (pronounced burga in the local dialect) is a traditional metallic-coloured embroidered cloth used to cover part of the face, and, these days, is only used by the older generation. Upon first seeing it, most people mistakenly think that it is made of gold or some other metal. It is actually made from cloth imported from India. The cloth is dyed blue or purple and then rubbed down with a ball of glass until it gets that shiny metallic finish. The design of the burqa is meant to mimic the features of the falcon, a symbol of grace, pride and strength