Thursday, December 07, 2006

Guide to the Jilbab Size Chart

About the Jilbab

Just what is a jilbab? Basically, it is a collective term for all loose fitting and lengthy clothing items that Moslem women wear. But unlike the other clothing pieces worn by the Moslem women, this jilbab is basically a form of a coat that is meant to be worn over the clothes so that the Islamic requirement for wearing the hijab will be met automatically.

However, in Indonesia, the meaning of the Jilbab gets to vary slightly from its traditional meaning. In this country, the jilbab is known simply as a head scarf. This head scarf may or may not have a visor on it, which is a value added feature meant to help in protecting the skin on the face from the harsh sun.

The jilbab is known by many names. It may be called the jilbaab. Others call it the manteau, which is French for mantle. Still others call it the jubbah.

About the Jilbab Size Chart

The jilbab size chart is basically meant to serve as a guide for Moslem women as to how they are going to choose the right jilbab product for them. The jilbab size chart has two forms. One form is the chart which actually lists the various jilbab sizes a Moslem goods store currently has. Another is a diagram which lists all the elements in a jilbab in great detail, which will guide both the Moslem woman and the tailor in coming up with the best sized jilbab.

The jilbab size chart has four basic elements. These are the length, the sleeves, the bust, and the hips of the jilbab. The length refers to the measurement taken from the middle of the shoulders up to the woman's heel. The measurement for the sleeves, on the other hand, are taken from the shoulders up to the wrist. The bust measurement is taken around the bust up to the fullest point, with the tape measure going under the arms. For the hips, the tailor measures around the fullest or the largest part of the hip. All these elements would be shown on jilbab size charts, and knowledge of all these is important in coming up with the best sized jilbab for a Moslem woman.

Just some tips: make sure that the jilbab has some size allowances so that it will be comfortable to wear. The most advisable is an allowance of at least 5 cms for every measurement. It may also be a good idea if one could fit the jilbab before actually buying it.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

My Jilbab Shopping Experience

On my quest for stylish jilbabs, I looked high and low for a designer who could provide me with something that did not look like it was off the racks. Being a career woman, I do not have time to go and explore the tiny Islamic boutiques all around Chicago that offer conservative yet chic clothes for Muslim women. But after trying out a number of different styles by various shops, I reached the conclusion that I will have to take drastic steps if I really wanted to wear something nice.

So a few weeks ago, my friends and I decided to spend some time exploring the undiscovered world of Islamic fashion! We went store hopping in search of the perfect designer that will leave us satisfied with their creativity. During this trip, we were surprised to see a few that were offering jilbabs and hijabs that were unique and interesting. However, we continued our search throughout the suburbs. A local listing from yahoo kept us going from one town to the other; looking at numerous outfits and trying on a few that appealed to us.

Our trek finally took us to a very small Islamic dress designer in Orland Park. Her name is Sarah and she works out of her own house, creating masterpieces that are very elegant and stylish. She had a range of jilbabs for work, daytime as well as evening wear. One look at her inventory convinced me that this is the place that I had been looking for all the time. Her sense of colors, cuts and styles really impressed me, as she offered gowns that were not like anything I had seen so far. Although she carried other apparel items for Muslim women, her specialty were jilbabs.

After trying on a few of her articles, I was satisfied that they were conservative as well as flattering at the same time. It was great to see this blend of the east and west so skillfully combined that I was sure I would be her customer for years to come. A few jilbabs that I bought were perfect for wearing at work, as they were made in subtle colors and cuts appropriate for an office environment. Others that I bought were evening jilbabs, that would generate ooh's and aah's from my fellow female friends at any social event.

Sarah has been designing jilbabs for a few years and according to her, she started the business when she felt that shopping around got frustrating for her in terms of not finding nice outfits that fit the needs of working Muslim women in particular. As she herself used to work in an office environment, she was well aware of the constraints and issues that Muslim women faced in the selection of a wardrobe that was suitable for work as well as social events. It was very refreshing to see such talent and skill in a local businesswoman and at the same time it was a blessing to finally find a designer who could provide me with items that I loved!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

What Is a Jilbab and Where Do You Buy Them?

So you have a presentation coming up or a play production or perhaps you're a Muslim immigrant bringing their religion with them and you want to be able to buy your clothing the same as you did back home. After all, there aren't really many places that sell the jilbab - so what's an immigrant to do? How exactly do you go about retaining your religious beliefs while at the same time wearing the clothes that you always have?

First of all, there is the whole discussion as to what a jilbab is-after all, if you don't know, it can be quite confusing. However, the term is more of a generalized thing. Kind of like hat is in any country-hat could mean anything from fedora to a beanie to a skullcap. The same goes for the jilbab-it could mean any type of head-covering for a Muslim woman.

This includes the hijab, which is a very comfortable, usually quite decorative head covering. This is worn outside of the house and pretty much anywhere else that you can think of in the company of men that are not strictly family members.

These head coverings are not plain and as a matter of fact can come in a wide variety of colors. You could have several head coverings as well, if you really wanted to. There are loads of patterns as well, from geometric patterns to more intricate patterns.

Then there is the task of actually finding and buying your head cover. You may find that it's a harder task than you may have previously thought-but as a matter of fact, you can find a head covering in quite a few places.

First of all, you could look at your local stores. This can take a while and if you don't know what to look for, you may find yourself searching for hours and hours. Or you may find that your local stores don't sell them unless you live in an area with a large Muslim community and so you have to either search for a specialty shop, go to a tailor, or make one yourself.

Which brings us to another option-the tailor or making one yourself. A jilbab is essentially just a scarf or other piece of material made into a head cover-but it's not as easy as it looks. If you're new to the US, then you may find yourself working far too much to have the time to create one anyways. Not to mention that is really is a bit much to buy one from a tailor, especially if you don't know how much it will end up costing you.

Then there is the last and best option-ordering online. It's quick and easy to order your head coverings-and best of all, they don't cost a whole arm and a leg. That's pretty amazing! The last thing that anyone has to waste in this day and age is money, and luckily you can buy your Islamic clothing online for cheap and wonderful prices!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Jilbabs - The Contemporary Attire for Muslim Women

Jilbabs are among the most famous clothing items for the Muslim women of today. Jilbabs can be defined as long and loose garments that cover the entire body from tip to toe. Islamic tradition demands that women should be concealed when they come out in public. Although a lot of women don't follow these rules, some have still retained the age-old values of the religion of Islam.

Jilbab can be easily worn over everyday clothing. The basic idea behind this is to keep the whole body covered when women are out in a public place. Times have changed, so have the tastes of women all over the world. That is why jilbabs are now being designed along contemporary and elegant lines so that they look stylish and achieve their purpose too.

Jilbabs were originally manufactured in black but now they are sold in colors such as blue, lavender, mauve, plum, light grey, and chocolate. Laces and sequins are also used to give it a more modern look. Jilbabs can be sported at almost all occasions such as weddings, birthday parties, and even to work. Beaded clothing also works quite well.

Jilbabs in earlier days were of a more conservative nature with mandarin type collars. But these days, Peter Pan collars and V necks are used to make the outfit look attractive. The garment is also provided with an A-line shape to give a slim look. Zipped pockets are another addition to the traditional jilbab. Swarovski stones on a jilbab will certainly make you stand out in a crowd. Gone are the days when these garments were considered to be plain and conservative; you can easily look hip and fashionable wearing it now.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Jilbabs - The Traditional Eastern Wear

Traditionally Muslims have always kept their women behind covers in public. The women are not allowed to show their skin in public and they are obliged to cover themselves up from head to toe barring only their feet and palms. You can easily identify a Muslim woman in a heavy crowd. Traditional Muslim wear include abayas, hijab, and jilbabs. Such clothes cover women entirely, sometimes not even the faces can be seen, and you are left to wonder what beauty is hidden behind the veils.

The Jilbab is very popular among the Middle Eastern and Muslim women and has been so for a long time. It has always been a source of curiosity for the people in the western world. Many Muslim women in the western world are terrified of wearing jilbabs. Nevertheless it has not decreased its popularity and it can even be seen in the western cities too. Jilbabs are long robes which are worn over one's clothes as an outer garment. It covers the clothes which are worn inside in the privacy of the home. It is a typical Muslim wear which all women must compulsorily wear in the presence of male members of the society, especially those men who are eligible of marrying them.

These are available these days in a variety of styles. The styles include black jilbabs which are designed with colorful pinstripes. They can also be designed with intricate floral patterns with work on the cuffs. Or they can have embroidered necklines. Some of them are designed keeping the formal environment in mind, and women can wear them to their work places or even for an interview.

These days jilbabs are available in a variety of colors, like burgundy, lilac, shades of green, pink and teal. They are also designed with Swarovski stones, shimmery work or gold and silver embroidery. They can also be styled with pleats in the front or in the side or even in the bodice. Some even have bell shaped arms.

The gypsy style jilbab is an expensive and exclusive design. It has frills on the sleeves and also at the base and the fabric from which it is made is very comfortable. They are also available in contemporary style with soft patterns printed all over or intricate design over soft colors. The ones that are used for daily wear are usually of dark color with some light embroidery work and flared sleeves.

Hence, we see that there are several types of Jilbabs available in the market. If you want to get the best of them you must visit East Essence and select the ones which you like the best at reasonable prices.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Hijab Facts

What is a Hijab? This will be a strange question if one is not a Muslim. Hijab is the modest dress for Muslim women, which most Islamic legal systems define as covering everything except the face and hands in public. There is always a misconception among people that the Muslim women are forced to wear Hijab. This thought about Hijabs is absolutely wrong. To make you understand the fact, I have explained the real meaning of Hijabs here. Just keep reading on to discover the truth.
For a better understanding, the word "HIJAB" can be explained letter by letter. To start with, the word 'H' stands for headscarf. Most people out there think that having a face veil is mandatory for proper Hijab. The truth is that, for a Muslim woman to follow proper Hijab, it's enough to cover her hair, neck, and bosom. Covering the face is not mandatory and in fact, there are absolutely no evidences to suggest that Muslim women are to cover their faces.
The second letter 'I, goes for intentions. What do you think is the reason behind Muslim women wearing a Hijab? Compulsion? No, the absolute reason for this is their belief in GOD. They believe that God (Allah in Arabic) tells them to follow the principles of clothing. When wearing Hijab, it literally means that we are pleasing God (hopefully) and we are guarding our modesty, and we are respecting ourselves and our communities by not showing off body parts that nobody should see unless that person is our husband or very close relative.
However, Hijab is not just a headscarf. It is the complete way of covering your body. The only parts of a woman's body that can shown to the public are her hands, face, and some say, feet. The third letter 'J' of Hijab stands for Jilbab which constitutes the outer garment. It describes a garment that we wear on top of our underclothes. The underclothes can be anything like a long dress, a shirt and pants, a jacket and long skirt, etc.
It is well known that a Muslim women's attire must meet the requirements like: Her clothing must not be tight, her clothing must not be sheer, her clothing must not reveal the shape of her body, and her clothing must not resemble clothing that is primarily worn by men. So the letter 'a' stands for 'attire'.
As already said in the beginning of this article, people have a misconception that Muslim women are forced to sacrifice their beauty by wearing the Hijabs. Muslim woman can do things to make herself feel beautiful and look presentable to the outside world. She can wear clothing that is colorful (although it shouldn't be extravagant), she can wear jewelry like Hijab pins that pleases her (although she should make sure that her jewelry isn't so noisy that it attracts attention), and she can use beauty products that give her a polished look. A Muslim woman should always look neat, clean, and beautiful.
To conclude, beauty is not for the purpose of attracting men, but for the purpose of being a wonderful example of a good, moral person in the world.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Islamic Jilbabs - For the Sophisticated & Elegant Look

Every woman wishes to have a unique style that mirrors her personal expressions. The Islamic Jilbabs retain the modesty of women, in-line with Islamic tradition and customs. However, clothes not only serve the purpose of covering one's body, they are also a style statement and thus need to be chosen carefully. The Jilbab is one of the most popular types of Islamic clothing, since it covers the body from the head to toe. These clothes are made of rich fabric to give it a sophisticated and elegant look.

Demand for Islamic Jilbabs
The Islamic culture calls for traditional dresses for women, dresses that uphold the pure and spiritual value of the religion. Jilbabs are long loose garments that fulfill this purpose and thus are highly sought after by Islamic women. These coat-like dresses not only cover the whole body, they also look elegant and are generally worn by women over their regular clothing. Available in various colors and designs, Jilbabs are quite popular for their modest yet fashionable and western appearance. They are generally teamed up with a scarf or a wrap to cover the head.

The two layered Jilbabs come in a variety of patterns and can be decorated with embroidery, sequins, lace, beading. It can be made of any decorative material to make it look more elegant. Available in different styles, this form of Islamic clothing can be worn on various occasions and is suitable for women of all sizes. Although black is the most common color used for manufacturing Jilbabs, other colors like mustard, olive, beige, navy, light grey, chocolate, blue, sea green, rose and lavender are also in demand.

Designs of Islamic Jilbabs
Traditionally, the Islamic Jilbabs were designed with mandarin collars. However, designers have experimented and the Jilbabs are now available in various styles, such as Peter Pan collars, V Necks, Zipped pockets, A-Line Shapes, Pockets with beautiful buttons or decorative material.

Jilbabs can also be single breasted or double breasted and can be chosen according to one's body shape and style preference. Although Islamic Jilbabs can be manufactured by using cotton material, polyester based material is preferred. This is because cotton clothes get wrinkled quite easily and their colors fade after a few washes. Nowadays, Jilbabs made of wool are also available. While selecting an Islamic Jilbab, one should check for durability and quality of the material used.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Tips on Buying Abayas Online - Part 2

An Abaya or Jilbab is a loose over-garment that is worn by Muslims to fulfill their obligation of Islamic dress. There are different types of Abayas online and this article (part two of two) will look at some of the pitfalls to look out for when purchasing Abayas online.

Choosing the right colour

The colour of an item appearing on a computer screen is not always the Abayas true colour. The brightness and other settings of the computer monitor may distort the colour. Black is the most popular colour for women's Jilbabs, make sure it is colour fast, otherwise you will have wasted your money.

Type of fabric

One of the most important thing for getting the right Abaya is to choosing the correct fabric, it is also very important to get the fabric depending on where and when you will wear the Abaya, for example if you are wearing the Abaya in winter you will need a thick fabric. There are hundreds of different fabrics out there, so it is difficult understanding or recognising all the different names, the easiest way to make sure, is to get samples of the fabric from the store you are thinking of purchasing from, if they make the Jilbab or Abaya themselves this shouldn't be a problem. It may cost you postage, but it is cheaper than ordering a product and then returning it, as most stores will expect you to pay for postage yourself and some may even charge a restocking fee.

Shop polices

Check the shop policies on returns and refunds before putting your order through, no matter how carefully you choose the Abaya, you may have to return it for an exchange or refund, the last thing you want is for the shop to make it difficult. If you pay with PayPal it is very easy to raise a dispute and get your money back as PayPal gives preference to the buyer, so it is best to payment method if it is available.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Abayas - The Islamic Dress of the Gulf

The term 'Abaya' has many definitions and often there is a difference over what an Abaya looks like, what it consists of and what colours it comes in. The way I would define an Abaya is that it is a black long cloak (one piece) that covers everything below the shoulder except hands and feet. The Abaya garment is commonly worn among the Middle Eastern khaleeji (gulf) women.

The rational behind this definition is to set the Abaya apart from the Jilbab garment which has some similarities but many differences. Jilbabs to begin with have arms which are stitched to the main body of the cloak. It has many colours and has many designs such as hooded Jilbabs and has a wider range like smart, casual, work etc. Jilbabs can incorporate more style into the actual shape of the garment like frills, flares, ruffles, cuffed sleeves, laces, pleats and much more.

Abayas, on the other hand, are one piece garments with sleeves which are not actually stitched to the body of the garment but formed as one piece. This may sound as strange as it does but it is an age old custom amongst the Arab Khaleeji (Gulf) women to wear it like that. Abayas traditionally come with embroidery on the neck, sleeves or base hem.

Abayas come in light materials as long as the colour is black such as lexus crepe, a polyester type of material for a standard priced Abaya. Abayas made from internet crepe and satin materials are higher end quality and fairly expensive and can cost anything from £100 to £300 or over. Abayas can be open fronted with buttons all the way from the top down or closed.

Modern day Abayas worn by the younger generation are moving away from the traditional embellishment on the garment. The younger generation opt for more stylish geometric, floral patterns from silver or gold embroidery, bead, sequins, multi coloured crystals for standard or Swarovski for more expensive Abayas. These intricate patterns are added onto neckline, bodice, base and flowing flared sleeves with tassel to make it look more chic, trendy and elegant for younger generation to wear Abaya.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Eastern Clothing - The Perfect Choice For Occasions

When it comes to celebration, we all look forward to dressing up in our finest outfits and putting our best foot forward. Eid is one such occasion we patiently wait for. Buying a special Eid outfit tops our priority lists. We can hardly wait to start shopping for the finest eastern clothing. However, things are not the same for everyone. There are so many underprivileged individuals who find it really hard to buy a single set of clothing for themselves or their families during this annual festivity. Keeping at par with the spirit of Eid, The Dubai Charity Association and the Accor group of hotels have together been actively collecting clothes during the holy month of Ramadan. This comes as a part of the Association's Eid Clothes Project, which is designed to relieve the suffering of widows, orphans, patients, and poor students in the country.

When it comes to Eid outfits, nothing beats the popularity of eastern clothing. There are several varieties of eastern outfits available in the market. A brief look at a few of these elegant types of eastern clothing will help you choose the right dress for this Eid.

1 Abaya and Jilbab: Women prefer to flaunt their fashionable side in designer abayas and jilbabs. This festive season a wide range of highly fashionable abayas and jilbabs are making rounds in the eastern clothing fashion circuit. Most notably among the popular designs include such designer abayas like beautiful Arabian princess abayas, khatoon abayas, afreeda abayas, just to name a few.

These are all made out of 100% wrinkle free poly-blend crepe fabric and stitched to perfection.

2 Kurti and Tunic: When dressing up for the special Eid celebration, nothing comes close to the popularity of kurti and tunics. These are all time favorites among women of all ages. In terms of color, this season solids are making a comeback. Together with embroidered designs sequined with lace and gold band accents on the sleeves and hem, you will be flooded with choices.

3 Hijab and Scarf: Hijabs and scarves are the most fashionable piece of festive head gear for women. There are numerous designs in Hijabs specially meant for wearing during annual Eid celebration. However, this season, Al-almirah Hijabs are all the rage. Made out of soft poly blend fabric these highly fashionable piece of your eastern clothing makes a unique personal statement.

Along with these essential pieces of fashion wear, accessories like gemstone jewelry, silver and gold ornaments, and classic-cut crystal pendant makes your Eid shopping complete.

To enjoy the ultimate Eid shopping experience visit eastessence.com Here you will find the most stunning range of eastern clothing you can ever dream of. Get yourself ready to experience this shopping extravaganza.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Tips on Buying Abayas Online - Part 1

An Abaya or Jilbab is a loose over garment that is worn by Muslims to fulfil their obligation of Islamic dress. There are different types of Abayas available and this article (part one of two) will look at some of the pitfalls to look out for when purchasing Abayas online.

Read the reviews

Most online shop allow their customers to rate and review the items they've purchased. This is extremely beneficial for shoppers, who can find out whether the colour and sizing of an item is the way the product description is portraying. But a note of warning here as well, some unscrupulous shops may add their own reviews as customers, if all the reviews are good, then there may be something wrong, unless it is a wonder product and is pleasing to everyone.

Choosing the right size

The height isn't usually a problem, but if you are extremely tall or short you will find that it is difficult getting the right size for you as most shops only sell heights of 52, 54 & 56 inches. Some Abaya shops will only sell a certain height and expect the customer to cut and sew to their own size after arrival, lets face it not everyone can sew or have the machinery to do so.

The worst thing is that many Islamic shops will sell one size in 'large' for all their Jilbabs or Abayas, this is to avoid stocking too many sizes. If you are extremely slim the idea of having something so baggy to wear is appalling. Islamic guidelines on women's dress is that it should be loose, but if it is too loose you may have problems wearing it comfortably.

Measure your existing Abayas

Most online Islamic shops selling Abayas or Jilbabs will have exact measurements of the garment in cm or inches. Measure your best fitting existing garments and compare. This information will allow you to choose the size correctly, one shops medium size may be another shops large size.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Are Jilbabs Ideal For School Children?

The vast majority of schools in the Middle Eastern and Asian countries have uniforms for wearing to school. This promotes a sense of unity, belonging as well as teaches young children to follow and obey rules. The type of uniform worn in a school largely depends on the ethnic area that the school is located in. Other factors which also play vital roles in determining the kind of uniforms adhered to include the primary religion of that region as well as the climate.

Numerous Non Muslim Asian schools have their students decked out in pants and shirts for boys and skirts or pinafore dresses for girls. In Middle Eastern Islamic countries though, the uniforms are mostly in alliance with the dress code set forth by Islam. Boys are often times dressed in jubbas whereas the girl's uniforms consist of jilbabs and hijabs. The jilbabs are long, loose fitting over dresses that are commonly referred to the Muslim woman's dress.

The colours of the jilbabs vary from school to school, based on the symbolic colours of the school, but the styles are inevitably very similar to each other as Islam does not approve or allow very stylish clothes to be worn by women when they are outside of the premises of their houses. Whether young or older, all girl students are seen wearing jilbabs in a number of Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Iran, Iraq and Egypt to name a few.

Although the majority of schools in these countries are Muslim owned, however, there is a small minority of Catholic schools available all over. These schools are run by Non Muslim administrations, but the uniforms still consist of jilbabs and jubbas if they are located in a relatively strict Muslim country. This is done in order to show respect towards the governing majority of the country and their religion.

Jilbabs for school children are mostly made of easy to manage fabrics that do not distract or hinder the child's performance in any way. Whether they are a part of a uniform or worn otherwise, these jilbabs also act as a symbol of identity and unity for the entire Muslim women's community. When young girls start wearing them at the early school going age, they later do not have any difficulty in accepting the loose gowns, which might be a subject of disapproval for Non Muslim girls. Therefore wearing these gowns from early childhood prove to be a great way to teach the young ones about modesty and conservatism that is inculcated in the roots of their religion.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Islamic Clothes For Women Brings Together Elegance And Style

Islamic clothes for women bring out the elegance and dignity of the wearer, while remaining modest. Although Islamic clothes for women might be based on dresses from older times, they can be found in a number of styles that help to enhance the personality and elegance of Muslim women. There are number of new designs that combine contemporary fashion with traditional values. Today, Muslim women have a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to innovative designs that focus more on elegance and dignity, while being in touch with modern fashion.

The Various Types of Islamic Clothes for Women
Islamic clothes for women are diverse in nature and combine a variety of colors and styles. Here are some of the common Islamic clothes for women:

1.The Hijab: This is usually a square or rectangular piece of cloth folded and placed over the head. It is fastened under the chin and covers the head and the hair, while leaving the face open. Depending on the different types of hijab, it may even fall to just above the waist and even cover the hands. Based on the location of the person who wears it, hijabs may also be known as tarhah or shaylah.

2.The Abaya: This refers to a cloak which is worn by women over their clothing, when they are out in public, and is quite common in the Gulf countries. Generally, the abaya is made of synthetic black fiber, and is sometimes decorated with sequins or colored embroidery. It might be worn from the top of the woman's head to the ground or worn over the shoulders. It may also be combined with a face veil or head scarf and fastened close.

3.The Jilbab: The jilbab refers to a cloak or an over garment that Muslim women wear when they are in public. In some cases, the jilbab shares some similarity with the abaya, although it is more fitted and available in a wide variety of colors and fabrics. Overall, it is quite similar in look to an overcoat.

Islamic Clothes for Women: Where to Find Them?
Usually Muslims buy their clothes from stores that cater to Islamic clothing or sew the clothes themselves or get them sewed by trusted tailors. However, the internet has now enabled Muslim women from all over the globe to shop for their clothes online. With the number of online shops for Islamic clothes for women growing, Muslim women get access to a wide range of Islamic women's wear.

EastEssence.com is an established online store catering to Islamic women's clothing needs with a wide, and offering clothes in a wide range of styles and designs. They even specialize in custom sized orders and plus sized clothing. And you can order them sitting in the comfort and privacy of your home. Visit eastessence.com and find yourself the best in Islamic women's wear.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Islamic Clothing - Uphold the Spiritual Tradition of Islam

Islamic tradition calls for clothes that retain the modesty of the woman. Thus, clothes that cover a woman's body from head to toe are preferred by Muslim women. Traditionally, Muslim women have worn plain and dark colored, long, loose garments accompanied by a head scarf so that only their face, or in some cases only the eyes, are visible. However, over the years, the urge to become fashionable without compromising on their modesty has made Muslim women demand stylish clothing. Fashion Designers from across the world have responded and designed Islamic clothes that are stylish, have a western look and yet conform to the Islamic tradition and customs.

Trends in Islamic Clothing
The urge to become fashionable without compromising with their religious values has made Muslim women look out for clothes that look elegant, and are beautifully designed and attractive at the same time. The traditional plain colored Islamic clothes have given way to colored Jilbabs and their matching hijabs. Not only this, the designers have started using embroidery, motifs, beads and other material to decorate such clothes, including Jilbabs and Abayas. The attractively designed Islamic clothing has caught the attention of non Muslim women too. International sports goods company, Nike, has introduced an athletic jilbab to be worn by women while playing volleyball.

Islamic Clothing: Types
Muslim men and women wear clothes that cover their body and are modest. Some of the major types of Islamic clothing are:

1.The Abaya is a loose black robe worn along with a niqab or a face veil, covering the lower part of the face (up to the eyes). Long black gloves are usually worn to cover the hands under the Abaya.
2.The Boshiya is an Islamic full black veil, which is meant to cover the face completely including the eyes.
3.The Burqua is a loose outer garment, usually accompanied by a veil that has holes for the eyes. It is worn over one's normal clothing, such as a salwar kameez.
4.The Chador is a head covering used by Muslim women.
5.The Hijab is a headscarf that conceals the hair and neck, and usually has a veil that covers the face.
6.The Jilbab essentially covers the entire body except for the face, hand, feet and head. However, it is teamed up with a scarf to cover the head.
7.The Niqab covers the lower part of a person's face.
8.The Bisht and Kaftan are cloaks for Muslim men.
9.The Keffiyeh or Ghutra is a traditional headdress worn by Muslim men.

A wide range of Islamic clothing, including Hijabs and Jijlabs, is offered by EastEssence, a leading seller of men's and women's clothing. The company is known for its modern yet modest styles and affordable prices.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Abayas Are in Vogue

The recent Bride Show in Abu Dhabi has seen an impressive collection of embellished abayas. Two of them from Oshia Fashion Design were ultra luxurious and extremely stunning and were worth Dh 100,000 each. Abayas by Smooth Lady, Beauty Queen and Princess were also showcased in this show. Thus, we see that the world of fashion has open handedly accepted this ethnic Islamic wear. What originally started off as a traditional Muslim wear for ladies to cover themselves up completely in front of other men, is now been incorporated into the fashion world as a new trend.

Abayas are used to cover everything below the shoulders, only one's palms and feet are left bare. Traditionally these were available in black, but with changing times even the Muslim community has lost some of its rigidity and hence, they are also available in vibrant colors these days. These have been accepted by women of different regions too, and you will find women wearing them even in western countries where these are known as kaftans. These are in demand and are very comfortable too.

How is it different from a Jilbab?

Though an Abaya is somewhat similar to a Jilbab, they have their differences too. An abaya (traditional Muslim wear for women, especially for Middle Easter khaleeji women) is similar to a jilbab as both of them cover the entire body completely. The difference lies in their sleeves. The sleeves of a jilbab are stitched to the main body of the cloak, whereas an abaya is a single piece of cloak. Its cut itself includes the sleeves without stitching it. These have impressive necklines, sleeves and bases with heavy embroideries.

Their designs

These days this garment has been stylized in many ways by many designers. Some of the common designs are:

* They are usually made of light materials, like lexus crepe and satin.
* They can be open front throughout their entire length or they can be completely closed.
* Most of them come in stylish and intricate designs varying form geometric patterns to floral ones.
* They can also be designed with heavy embroidery in gold and silver.
* Many of these are also styled with beads, sequins, multi colored crystals, and Swarovski stones (for the high end designer ones)

East Essence is one store where you can find stylish eastern wear. They have an exhaustive line of modern and trendy Abayas and you can easily select from this impressive line something that suits your sense of style.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Eastern Wear Is The Best Choice For Special Occasions

When it comes to special occasions and celebrations, eastern wear is the perfect choice. People today spend huge sums of money to get something different from the run of the mill dresses and costumes for formal occasions. Eastern wear lends an aura of mystery and intrigue to the one who wears it while enhancing the elegance and dignity. This sense of elegance and intrigue is just what is making more and more people go for exotic eastern wear for special occasions.

Eastern Wear: A Closer Look at Some of the Exotic Apparels
Eastern wear uses some of the best combinations of heavy embroidery, along with the perfect blending of cuts and colors, which make anyone wearing them stand out in a crowd. Let us take a closer look at some of these exotic eastern apparels which are perfect for any special occasion:

* The Kurti and the Tunic: Whether you are dressing up for a formal occasion or a casual party, this is one apparel that will make sure you get noticed. They are available in various blends of colors, and embroidered designs and sequins, laces or gold bands on the hems and sleeves. The rich, subtle traditional motifs and the perfect cuts will accentuate your femininity and elegance.

* The Jilbab and the Abaya: You can choose to show off your fashionable side even while wearing jilbabs and abayas. There is a wide range of fashionable jilbabs and abayas doing the rounds of the eastern fashion wear circuit these days. You can choose from a wide variety of different styles, which will give you that exotic and unique look. They are stitched to perfection using wrinkle free poly blend crepe materials, which just means you don't have to worry too much about spoiling them.

Eastern Wear Gaining Popularity in the West
Contemporary eastern wear though simple in its looks, is far from bland which is why eastern dresses and clothing are catching on as the new fashion sensation in the west. The intriguing look, elegance and versatility that eastern fashion clothing lends to women is what is making eastern apparel so popular in the west.

Even leading fashion houses are paying attention to eastern fashion wear. One of the finest couture brands Saks Fifth Avenue is already stocking its outlet with traditional eastern apparel along with its usual line of western wear. Apart from Saks, other international designers in the west, such as Givenchy, Yves-Saint Laurent, John Galliano, Dior and Carolina Herrera have all added traditional eastern clothing to their range.

If you are looking for traditional eastern wear, shop online for an extensive range of eastern apparels.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Women's Abaya is Becoming Famous Today With Famous Designer Adding it to Their Collection

Muslim women have several restrictions on their clothing. They generally wear clothes that cover them from head to toe leaving only their face and hands bare. You can easily point them out in a crowd with their traditional clothes.

Women's Abaya is a traditional Muslim wear (common more among Middle Easter khaleeji women), which is like a cloak made of a single piece of cloth. They cover everything below the shoulders barring only the hands and feet. Traditionally they were available in black but these days they are also available in different vibrant colors. But these days it has become very common among women of different regions; you can identify them as kaftans. Even famous designer, Domenico Vacca, has decided to add trendy Women's Abaya designs to his collection. This will actually help in making this type of clothing more famous. They may be traditional wear for Muslim women, but no one can deny that they are very comfortable.

How is an Abaya different from a Jilbab?

An Abaya is somewhat similar to a Jilbab in the fact that both of them cover the entire body. But a Jilbab has the sleeves stitched to the main body of the cloak. Jilbabs are available in many designs; you may easily find hooded ones for a cold day, apart from these you have the ones you can use casually or formally. Jilbabs have a structure in which you can add frills, flares, ruffles, laces, cuffed sleeves, to stylize your garment. An Abaya is a single piece cloak whose sleeves are not stitched to the main body. These usually have embroidered neck lines, sleeves or base.

Abayas and their designs

These are available in light materials, like lexus crepe. These days you can find them made of internet crepe and satin materials which are high quality. These can be open fronted from top to bottom or they can also be entirely closed.

The modern form of this garment adopts stylish intricate geometric and floral patterns all through the body or just on the neckline, base and sleeves. These can also be embroidered with gold or silver. Beads, sequins, multi colored crystals can be incorporated in the design to make them more stylish. If you are looking for high end designs you can go for the ones that are styled with Swarovski stones.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Islamic Head Scarf - Perfect For The Modern Muslim Woman

Islamic head scarf also known as the hijab was designed to cover the head and face of a Muslim woman. Modernists argue that this was done to oppress the women and to remind them that they were the weaker section of the society. But that is apparently not the reason. The motive behind a head scarf was to express dedication and devotion to the Great Allah.

The Islamic head scarf was made to accompany the jilbab which is a long and loose garment worn by Muslim women. Islam clearly states that women must be covered from head to toe when they are outside their homes. Muslim women were slightly hesitant and apprehensive to sport such conservative outfits at their workplace or college, but with modern elements being introduced and absorbed in the traditional Islamic attire, they can wear Muslim apparel with plan and confidence.

The Islamic head scarf has emerged to be one of the most popular clothing items that are worn by women in recent times. It has gone through many modifications and shed its conservative image. Although the older and middle-aged women still prefer to wear black or dark colored head scarves, the younger generation prefers to experiment with different designs, colors, and patterns.

Head scarves can be worn in many different ways. It can be wrapped around the head and let loose over the shoulders, or it can be placed on the head and wrapped around the face and chin. Nowadays, fashion designers are creating Islamic head scarves with Swarovski crystals on them. Of course, this raises the price to a certain extent, but then again, you can surely splurge a little to look good?

If you wear a stylish Islamic head scarf to your class, rest assured that your classmates will want to know where you got it from. It is important to choose the hijab according to your face cutting. Round faces should drape it in a different fashion as opposed to an oval or a triangle shaped face. You can also opt for hijabs with beautiful zardozi work on them. They will be perfect to wear to a wedding or at Eid!

Looking to buy a stylish Islamic head scarf? The internet is the best place to search for stores that sell Muslim apparel. eastessence.com is a shopper's paradise that specializes in all kinds of Islamic wear. You will feel like a kid in a candy store once you check out the splendid collection. Shop to your heart's content here!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Syrian Jilbabs - How Do They Differ From the Traditional Dress?

Different culturally conscious western and Asian countries have differences in their clothing items to distinguish them from one another; similarly, there is a lot of diversity visible in the Muslim clothing worn in various Muslim countries. Observing the jilbabs worn by women from different Middle Eastern countries, it becomes clear that there are various subtle and prominent differences between the cloaks worn by them. From Saudi Arabia to Oman, Turkey to Dubai, Morocco to Jordan, all areas offer their own distinctive touch and class to the traditional Muslim outfits.

Syrian Jilbabs are another example of a special type of overdress that is a long standing traditional symbol of the region. These jilbabs are different from those of originating in other regions in terms of appearance and style.

The Syrian jilbabs resemble the western over coats more than the typical jilbabs from other regions. Similar in style to the outerwear used for cold weather in many countries, these jilbabs are more form fitting with coat like collars and occasionally cuffs at the wrists. Another similarity between them and western outerwear is that they are worn over some form of clothing, so they too are an additional layering of clothes, which are used to cover up the entire body from the throat to the ankle.

Typically all women in the major cities of Syria are very well dressed as is the trend in all major metropolitan cities across the globe. They wear these cloaks along with smartly tucked and pinned hijabs to create a sleek and polished look suitable for any event or chore of the day. Damascus, the capital as well as the largest city of Syria is a prime example where modernly dressed women can be seen all around the city. Here the streets are filled with working women as well as home makers, but they are all dressed in trendy and stylish clothes which are still in keeping with the teachings of Islam; the religion of the country.

Syrian Jilbabs can also be seen in a number of European and American cities as they can blend in with their own local outfits with more ease than the traditional loose fitting cloaks. Due to this reason, many working Muslim women in these regions opt to wear the Syrian versions to work in order to fulfill their obligation towards religion and proper work ethics.

Today Muslim women have a choice to select from a large variety of designs, styles, cuts and colours that they can wear. As opposed to the traditional loose and flowing black which was the norm of yester years, today women wear what they find most suits their day to day needs.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Clothes Online For Muslims

A variety of words are usually utilized to express the diverse styles and sorts of clothes worn by Muslims throughout the world. Often, the same type of clothing has many different names depending on regional terms or terms. Quite a few Muslims chosen to obtain their clothes while going in the Muslim world, or stitch their own. Yet the Internet is today allowing for Muslims from all over the world ready access to a growing number of online retailers.

Among the words employed to describe clothes for Muslim are Hijab, jilbab, abaya, jilbab, niqab, hejab, shayla, jubbah, thobes, kurta, shalwar or salwar kameez. A lot of people in the west will refer to the Muslim clothing as burqa. But in reality the burqa is less common amongst most muslim ladies. There are usually so several different opinions about what hijab is and precisely what it is not. Some Muslim ladies only wear black, some Muslim women covers their faces, some Muslim women wear specific regional types of clothing, and some Muslim women mix it all together. Clothes Muslim have grown to be really cool currently, the young are designing really cool blend for appealing Islamic attire. Muslim Online clothing Stores are blossoming, more and more fashionable, decent and modest clothes are being presented worldwide. I can nevertheless remember how in the earlier Muslim ladies had to have to design and visit the dressmaker to have something which is acceptable Islamically to wear. Nowadays the choice is big online.

Additionally the Muslim men are finding more and more selections for their Islamic attire online. The Modest clothing industry really accommodates for everybody now. One just have to visit marketplaces as eBay to check out the number of clothes Muslim accessories provided with worldwide shipping. The clothes Muslim are really elegant and it is often noticed that young Muslim girls will readily wear these cute floral hijab currently available compared to the plain black burqa which were the only choice of a years ago.

You can easily end that Muslim clothing is simple and attractive, giving it a rising acceptance among Muslim citizens at present. Most Islamic clothing are manufactured from cotton and hence they are the most suitable for the hot and humid conditions. As the Muslim clothes are available in most current fashionable style can be wear for many occasions and looks very different from traditional occasion cloths. and the Best place to buy these cloths online where one can buy their Muslim clothes at really low cost and these Muslim clothes are available in many different ranges so one choice as per its interest. So a muslim must try the Islamic clothing and feel the pride of wearing such excellent dresses

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Are Jilbabs the Ideal Islamic Dress For Muslim Women?

O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (Jilbabs) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah Al Ahzaab verse 33:59).

Jilbabs have been in use for a very long time. They have been the foremost choice of dress for women all around the Muslim Arab world ever since the advent of Islam. While Jilbabs are considered the leading dress for Muslim women, there are some controversies about various styles from the early Islamic time. This is due to the fact that there are no pictures or garments available from the early Islamic era. Thus it cannot be conclusively stated whether the early Jilbabs were indeed the same as the modern day versions. Apart from these description related issues, no Islamic scholar has stated to date that the Jilbabs are not the stated form of dress for women in the Holy Quran.

Most modern day Muslims are adamant about the Jilbabs being the same as those that were worn by Muslim women in the Prophet's (p.b.u.h) time. On close scrutiny, there is a lot of information available on the history of Jilbabs. According to some research, the current day Jilbabs date originally back to the 1970's when the Egyptian Muslim women adopted them as the form of dressing. According to this research, the Egyptian women wore these Jilbabs to show their obedience to a specific sect of Islam. Thus they are considered a modern invention which is in complete adherence to the laws strictly stated in the Quran. After the Egyptian women, these slowly filtered out to the Indonesian women as well. Slowly and steadily, these robes became a part of Muslim women's wardrobe in a vast majority of previously unaccustomed parts of the Muslim world.

The ever increasing Muslim strength and the more religiously involved people in the 1970's and 1980's, led to the globalization of these Jilbabs. Today, regardless of ethnic or social background, they have become a trademark for Muslim women all around the world. Women who initially wore only loose fitting culturally traditional clothes have converted to wearing Jilbabs as they believe that this is what Allah (SWT) stated in the Quran. The Muslim women specifically living in Non-Muslim countries have adopted the long and loose robes that hide the contours of their bodies along with a scarf or head wrap that completely hides their hair from all others.

There are many references to Quran and Sunnah about the obligatory veiling of women. However, as there are always two sides of any argument, for some the term Jilbabs stated in the Quran does not necessarily relate to the long, loose flowing robe. In fact, for them the term is used for the process of veiling instead. They do not believe that the term only refers to the robes instead could be consolidated for all types of Muslim clothing that is decent and modest.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Traditional Muslim Clothing is Being Redesigned With Style by Famous Designers

Traditional Muslim clothing covers a person's body from head to toe, especially a woman. You can easily spot a burqa-clad woman in a heavy crowd. It is necessary for Muslim women to abide by the Islamic guidelines on modesty in dressing. Today Muslim garments are being added as a part of designer's collection by top notch designers. Famous designer Domenico Vacca has redesigned the traditional Abaya in his own style and added it to his own collection. There are some basic requirements that the traditional Muslim garments must comply with. Some of these requirements are listed below.

*Traditional Muslim clothingrequires that men and women alike should decently cover their body parts in public. Most women find it necessary to cover their heads and faces too. They do so to comply with the traditional fact that they should not display their beauty in front of men with whom they can marry. According to the tradition, men must compulsorily cover their body from navel to knee.

*According to the Islamic convention clothes must not cling to the bodies, especially for women. Women are required to wear loose fitting clothes. Women wear cloaks, like Abaya and Jilbab, in public to hide their body curves. In several Islamic countries men wear loose fitting robes that cover the body from the neck to the ankles.

*Another important aspect is that the garments worn should be thick enough to cover the body entirely. In other words, wearing see-through garments is a strict no. Neither skin nor the shape of the body should be seen through the clothes.

*The overall appearance of a person should decent. One should look dignified in the clothes he or she is wearing. Shiny or flashy clothing should be avoided because they defeat the above stated requirements for dressing modestly in public. People should wear neat, clean and sober clothes. They should not wear ragged or flashy clothes to attract the admiration or sympathy of other people.

Thus, we see that how traditional Muslim clothing sets apart the Islamic people from the rest. Their religion encourages them to look like Muslims and not try to imitate the style statements of other regions and religions. Women are discouraged from dressing like men. Today these garments are easily available endowed with all kinds of embellishments in intricate patterns and vibrant colors.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Buying Islamic Clothing Online

People's clothing is typically influenced by the culture, climate, available resources and materials and traditions, which would include the individual's social status, religion and group identity. Islamic clothing that Muslim men and women wear usually varies depending on the culture that they are from.

Islam mentions people to wear clothing, which is modest in appearance and behavior. Islamic clothing that is available for men and women today reflects the belief that they have in the values, which are taught by Islam.

Today, Islamic clothing can also be purchased online. There are a lot of websites, which offer pieces that are typical of modest Islamic clothing.

Some options which are available for women looking for Islamic clothing are Hijab, which are the loose and modest clothing that comes with a scarf that goes over the head then under the chin and burka or burqa, which is provides a more complete covering for the face, head and body.

Some other kinds of Islamic clothing for women which can be purchased online are: abayas, which are robes that are similar to dresses that women could wear over their regular clothing, which are able to reflect their Islamic tradition; jilbab, which is a dress that looks similar to a raincoat and has zippers or buttons halfway or all the ay down the front; niqab, which is a veil that covers the face; hijab, which is a kind of a head scarf, particularly a square scarf that is diagonally folded then worn on the head to cover the hair, throat and ears, but not the face; and hijab accessories, which would include under scarves, pins and brooches.

Have you browsed through a lot of online shopping stores to buy unique products on the web? SalwarKameezIndia.com offers a great collection of apparel and Indian jewelry items especially rings and necklaces for sale. There are more than 3000 unique items to buy including saris, salwars, skirts, lehnga choli, shoes, kurtas, pyjamas, tunics, tops, trousers, lingerie, camisoles, bollywood dresses, handicrafts, cushion covers, embroidered fashion accessories at this web store offering hassle-free purchase with free delivery anywhere in the world.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Islamic Wear in Today's World!

Islamic wear has an extremely fascinating history. In the ancient times, Islamic garments for both genders used to look almost the same. Women used to wear a burqua which is a long flowing garment (usually it was black in color) with a head scarf. The garment would cover the entire body including the face and only the eyes would be visible. The men wore similar looking clothes without covering their face.

However, with the passage of time, islamic wear has undergone a lot of changes. Modifications in their culture and community have had a great impact on their clothes too. Fashion designers have changed the overall look and appearance of the garments so that the clothes are no longer plain and boring, but they are stylish and classy.

Women now prefer to wear jilbabs and hijabs instead of their traditional attire, burqua. To give it a contemporary look, designers have included various types of embroidery, patterns, and motifs in the clothes. Designing for Muslims is a challenge as they don't wear very fancy outfits. Their garments are designed on simple lines with subtle styling.

The types of Islamic wear today are:

1. Jilbab - It is a robe that is worn to cover the entire body except face, head, hands, and feet.
2. Abaya - A flowing and loose garment that is accompanied by a veil to cover the bottom of the face. Gloves are worn to cover the hands.
3. Chador and Hijab - They are both head coverings used by women.
4. Bisht and Kaftan - Muslim men usually wear these garments.
5. Niqab - This is a veil that is used to cover the face leaving the eyes.
6. Keffiyeh - It can also be defined as a "head scarf for men." As is evident, this headgear is used by men.
7. Boshiya - This is the most conservative garment by far as it completely covers the body including the face of the wearer.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

All About Abayas

So it's that lucky day-you have a project on Islamic clothing or culture, you need to buy new clothes, or perhaps you've just converted to Islam and you are considering the many clothing options for women. However, you're feeling a bit lost because you can't be sure what exactly the result is going to be. So you're wondering-what is there that you need to know about abayas?

First of all, the abaya is a bit like a robe that is worn over your regular clothing. You can wear them out of the house, but they are also rather useful if you-for example-suddenly have a few guests pop in and you have to get dressed in a jiffy. There are a few different kinds of the abaya, including those that close and those that don't. Some are the unclosing pull-over kind while others have snaps or buttons that you can use in order to remove them. The robe is normally rather loose and is very comfortable.

They mainly come in black, which may seem a bit uncomfortable, considering that black absorbs heat, but they are also made out of really, really lightweight material which makes them great to wear during all sorts of weather. If you really wanted to, you can buy a robe of this sort with embroidery on it instead of just plain black. Keep in mind that they are almost all black so the chances of finding one that is colored is very slim and that embroidery can be a great way of expressing yourself while staying within religious grounds. These are normally paired with a head covering of some kind, which is up to the woman who is wearing the garment.

However, you might be wondering-where on earth do you get one of these robes if you do not live in the Middle East or if you do not know how to make your own. These are very valid concerns-especially if you are planning on buying more or if your old ones are getting threadbare. You don't want to end up underdressed, but at the same time, you also don't want to spend an arm and a leg. You need something reliable that you can wear.

Firstly, you could get a tailor to make you one. However, this can run a pretty penny, especially if you want something a tiny bit more intricate as far as embroidery goes. Take the time to decide if this is really worth it to you.

Then you have the option of buying one at an Islamic clothing store. However, these are a regular pain in the rear to find and you may have a bit of trouble figuring out where on earth to find your clothing, much less actually buying it.

Then there is the last option which is absolutely amazing for those who do not have another choice and that is the internet. There are loads of websites that you can choose from that can provide you with the best Islamic clothing possible!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Hijab Facts

What is a Hijab? This will be a strange question if one is not a Muslim. Hijab is the modest dress for Muslim women, which most Islamic legal systems define as covering everything except the face and hands in public. There is always a misconception among people that the Muslim women are forced to wear Hijab. This thought about Hijabs is absolutely wrong. To make you understand the fact, I have explained the real meaning of Hijabs here. Just keep reading on to discover the truth.

For a better understanding, the word "HIJAB" can be explained letter by letter. To start with, the word 'H' stands for headscarf. Most people out there think that having a face veil is mandatory for proper Hijab. The truth is that, for a Muslim woman to follow proper Hijab, it's enough to cover her hair, neck, and bosom. Covering the face is not mandatory and in fact, there are absolutely no evidences to suggest that Muslim women are to cover their faces.

The second letter 'I, goes for intentions. What do you think is the reason behind Muslim women wearing a Hijab? Compulsion? No, the absolute reason for this is their belief in GOD. They believe that God (Allah in Arabic) tells them to follow the principles of clothing. When wearing Hijab, it literally means that we are pleasing God (hopefully) and we are guarding our modesty, and we are respecting ourselves and our communities by not showing off body parts that nobody should see unless that person is our husband or very close relative.

However, Hijab is not just a headscarf. It is the complete way of covering your body. The only parts of a woman's body that can shown to the public are her hands, face, and some say, feet. The third letter 'J' of Hijab stands for Jilbab which constitutes the outer garment. It describes a garment that we wear on top of our underclothes. The underclothes can be anything like a long dress, a shirt and pants, a jacket and long skirt, etc.

It is well known that a Muslim women's attire must meet the requirements like: Her clothing must not be tight, her clothing must not be sheer, her clothing must not reveal the shape of her body, and her clothing must not resemble clothing that is primarily worn by men. So the letter 'a' stands for 'attire'.

As already said in the beginning of this article, people have a misconception that Muslim women are forced to sacrifice their beauty by wearing the Hijabs. Muslim woman can do things to make herself feel beautiful and look presentable to the outside world. She can wear clothing that is colorful (although it shouldn't be extravagant), she can wear jewelry like Hijab pins that pleases her (although she should make sure that her jewelry isn't so noisy that it attracts attention), and she can use beauty products that give her a polished look. A Muslim woman should always look neat, clean, and beautiful.

To conclude, beauty is not for the purpose of attracting men, but for the purpose of being a wonderful example of a good, moral person in the world.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Hijab For Women in the Gaza Strip is Being Encouraged by Hamas

Hijab for women is an Islamic traditional wear. The word in Arabic means curtain. A meta-physical definition of 'al-hijab' says that it is a veil which separates man from God. It is a veil that is worn over the head by a woman. It has been very popular in Islamic tradition since 1970s. However, each person has his or her own take on how the garment should be worn.

Muslim women are supposed to wear full body covering cloaks like the Abaya and the Jilbab, which supposedly will prevent them from harm. To complete this traditional wear they are also supposed to wear a hijab in front of any man who they could theoretically marry. Hence, it is not necessary for whom to wear these in front of their fathers, brothers, grandfathers, uncles, or children. It is a sign of Islamic modesty. Old women generally do not wear them as it is considered that they have crossed the age of marriage. Still they are not supposed to display their beauty.

Hamas, the ruler of the Gaza Strip, has encouraged women to wear hijabs. It is the first step towards implementing Islamic law in Gaza. Hence, we see that these are a very important part of the Islamic dress code. Each person has a different take on how far she should cover herself; some women cover their whole body including the face too.

In present times, hijabs for women are complying with the latest design trends. You can choose from the ones made from different material, like lycra, cotton and linen. They are available in vibrant colors and intricate designs. The two piece ones are very comfortable and are also very convenient to wear. The two piece ones are underlined with an additional section of fabric which prevents them from slipping from the head.

Traditional hijabs are either found in black and brown, but today you can easily find them in pink, lavender, orange, green and many more. You can also find them designed intricately with embellishments, floral prints, and shimmery metallic fabrics. They are available in various styles, like some are in shawl-style; others are available in different shapes, like rectangular or oblong. They are generally available in free sizes.

If you want a trendy hijab for yourself or to gift it to someone then you can visit East Essence to get one that suits your style. It is one place you can find all the latest designs in all kinds of eastern wear.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Traditional Modest Clothing of the East

Traditional Muslim attires, especially for women, have always been very modest. Such attires cover a person's body completely. Modest clothing in Islamic religion involves covering a woman from head to toe, barring palms, feet and possibly eyes. Women dressed in such clothes can be easily recognized in a crowd. Burqa-clad women can be easily spotted even in a heavy crowd. Traditionally it is essential that Muslim women abide by the Islamic guidelines, set by some prophets. If they don't follow the strict guidelines on modesty in dressing they are treated as if they have committed some sin and are at times punished too.

Fashion on the other hand is a very interesting field which involves a lot of experimenting. Hence, many top notch designers of recent times have redefined Islamic modest clothing in their own style and introduced them in the international market. For example, the famous designer Domenico Vacca has stylized the traditional Abaya and has successfully added it to his own line.

Some of the basic requirements for the traditional Muslim garments are listed below.

* Modest clothing involves dressing men and women in a decent manner so that they don't attract unwanted attention. This applies especially to women, who are supposed to cover their heads and faces too. It is a strict norm in this religion that women should not make a display of their beauty in front men who are eligible to marry them.

* Next, women are not supposed to wear figure hugging clothes. The dresses that are designed for them are loose and ill fitting and are usually of dark color so that no man gets attracted by their figures. Thus, Muslim women wear Abaya and Jilbab in public to ward off unwanted male attention.

* The material of the attire should be thick enough to hide the body curves completely. Garments made of see-through materials are a strict no.

* Lastly, it is very important that the person looks decent. One must be dignified in the clothes he wears. Shiny or flashy clothes are not allowed and neither is any such jewelry or make that will make the individual a center of attraction. On the other hand, clothes should be clean and sober but not ragged. Wearing ragged clothes is considered to be a step towards attracting sympathy to oneself.

Muslims are not allowed to copy the style, whether good or bad, of other religion and nations. They are supposed to dress in modest clothing and lead a simple life. If you want to get such modest clothing then East Essence store is the right place for you.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Stay Stylish in Abayas Throughout the Year

Muslim women and girls are not diffrent, and even they equally love to dress up in nice and vibrant colours for various occasions. Therefore there is need for clothes which is always on an increase for them. Regardless of the conservative arabic culture, religion or socio-economic situationmost of the female population of the muslim world loves to pick out new outfits and colour coordinate their abayas for all social gatherings. Being a girl myself, I can vouch for the fact that fashion is modest and for success. This is a great motto to live by! At the same time, being a Muslim I have to bear in mind the shariah guidelines of Islam when it comes to picking out a jilbab or an abaya to wear to work or party.

So here I have decided to give out some free advice for all my Muslim gal pals out there about looking your best even while wearing Islamic clothes like abayas and hijabs. The first thing that you should be conscious about being a Muslim is to always pick out outfits that are modest and do not allow any sort of inappropriate exposure of the body. It is completely untrue that women wearing abayas lack fashion sense, are dumb or boring. Wearing abayas and hijabs that are styled in vogue, flattering cuts and in complimentary colours can make you appear chic, stylish and modest.

By reinterpreting elements from the western designer fashions and the rich cultural and Islamic heritage of her background, Mysha Collections has infused abaya designs with pure indulgence in fabrics and textures with a twist of modern appeal.

This has attracted and generated a complete new deprived segment of the market and their designs are now embraced by young students to business professionals from all over the world- all of these women all have one thing in mind...modesty!

The most important thing that determines a right abaya is the choice of colour palettes. Wear colours that compliment your complexion and suit the climate and occasion. Wearing dark coloured or woolen abayas in the hot summer days is definitely a fashion faux. Choose soothing colours like pastels, beiges, coral, pinks and big pink floral patterns. Your evening wear jilbabs can have some bling on brighter shades of pinks, purples and blue.

If you want to create a look that is perfect for the particular occasion, select a flattering colour which would compliment your complexion.