THE burka took off because the loving mum wanted the focus of attention to be on her beautiful children. So as not to distract the admirer’s gaze, the mother became invisible. It was all the rage in the 1800s, as these photos prove. ‘This was a practice where the mother, often disguised or hiding, often under a spread, holds her baby tightly for the photographer to insure a sharply focused image,” says The Hidden Mother. Stop stealing the limelight, mum, and grab a burka:
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