|Fashion should not always tilt to the West or a religion – it goes beyond that. Every geographical location and religion have peculiar dresses, and Islam is not left out in the vibe. From headscarves to hijabs, burqas, there are hundreds of customized Islamic veils, and I’d be glad to introduce you to some Islamic veils.|
All the Islamic veils I would mention here are modest attires that signify different things to the individual wearing them and, most importantly, the religion.
Here are some of the commonest Islamic veils:
Even if you have not worn a hijab, you know someone who has. It represents an aspect of popular culture for Muslim women. Hijab differ from one country to another, but the aim is to cover the woman’s body. In some countries where hijabs are banned, women have opted for shorter ones that cover only the head. It comes in various colors and designs. They are also affordable.
This veil is more popular in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It is worn in Islam dominated areas according to the laws of Islam. The tudung and hijab are similar because they cover the hair, ears, neck, and chest region. It is worn as an official dress in a public gathering, offices, and schools.
A Shayla is a rectangular scarf wrapped around the head and pinned at the shoulder. It is commonly worn by Muslims in the Persian Gulf. It is commonly used interchangeably with the hijab, but there is a slight difference. They come in a variety of colors, fabrics and styles.
The chador is a semicircle fabric similar to a shawl. It is held together under the neck by the hand. Pins are used to hold it from falling. The chador is usually sewn with a black fabric because it is the most acceptable public color. Colorful versions of this veil are, however, worn at home or in the mosque. Chador is worn with a small headscarf underneath.
Khimar is a long cape-like veil that hangs down up to the waist. They only partially cover the hair, neck, and shoulder, but your face is uncovered. Some Khimars get to your knees and are worn by Egyptian women. The history of this veil can be traced to the Egyptian tradition, where women wore it to protect themselves from the stare of strange men.
You probably are not familiar with this veil if you’re in the West. It is a mask made out of thick fabric. It is commonly confused for a niqab because it promotes a woman’s modesty. This veil is worn by Muslim women in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and areas that have deserts because they protect one’s nose and eyes from dust.
The burqa is the second most conservative Muslim veil. It covers the entire face and a mesh grill over the eye region. It is worn by Afghanistan women as enforced by the Taliban. Most of the burqas worn in Pakistan and Afghanistan are either blue or brown.