Modern Islamic Clothing Exerting a Cheeky Influence

Islamic Clothing is becoming a sensation, which stems from the mix of specific Islamic practices and the increasing desire and needs to include these specific items of clothing in a larger fashion industry. Recent developments in the sector have resulted in different public discussions both at the political, religious and cultural levels.

There are many similarities among Muslin but the variety of styles and clothes depends on the diverse culture and country.

Included here is a brief description of the commonly used modern islamic clothing for both men and women across the world.

Islamic Clothing for Women


The hijab has evolved over time to more than a symbol of religious dress. Most of the issues

hijabOver the years, the hijab has grown to be much more than a symbol of religious dress. Many of the issues about the hijab have been discussed openly by persons who non-hijab wearers; including Muslim and non- Muslim females. However, from a fashion perspective, this specific dress style is a versatile and ageless fixture. Historically, women across different cultures and periods have worn the hijab. Its ability to adapt is one of its greatest strengths. It is called a tarhah or shaylah depending on the locality and style.


KhimarKhimar is derived from the word khamr, which means to cover. The khimar is a piece of garment a woman uses to cover her head.


ABAYAThis is common in Arab Gulf countries, and refers to a cloak that women wear to cover other clothing when in public. Made from black synthetic fiber, the abaya is decorated with sequins or colored embroidery. It can be worn over the shoulders or from the top of the head down.


CHADORThis is an outer garment worn by women in sections of the Middle East especially Iran and Iraq. This floor-length, semi-circle garment hangs from the top of the head to cover the clothing underneath and hide the woman’s curves.


JILBABThe jilbab is an outer garment worn by Muslim women. It is a special cloak style, which is somewhat like the abaya but fits more and is available in a wide range of fabric and colors. It looks more like a long tailored coat.


NiqabThis cloth is part of a sartorial hijab and is used to cover the face. Some women wear the niqab in public places and while in the presence of non-mahram men, specifically those of the traditional Hanbali Muslim Faith. Women in the Arab countries such as Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates wear the niqab.


BURQAA burqa is called a chadri or chadri in Central Asia. It is an inclosing, outer garment worn by women in some Islamic societies to cover themselves while in public. This burqa covers the entire body, with a mesh screen covering the eyes. Afghanistan women wear both the niqab face veil and the burqa that covers the whole body.


Shalwar KameezThe Shalwar kameez originated in the Indian subcontinent. It is a common term that describes different dress styles. Both men and women wear the shalwar kameez, however, the styles are different based on the gender. The shalwar kameez is the drawers/ pantaloons (shalwar) and the body shirt (shalwar)

Islamic Clothing for Men


THOBEThe thobe is a robe or an ankle-length shirt worm by many Muslim men. The top is similar to a shirt but is ankle-length and free. Although usually white, but during winter it is available in different colors. Read more about the thobe here.


Ghutra and EgalThis is a rectangular or square headscarf worn by men. A rope band (usually black) fastens it in place. The ghutra, is a head scarf that is usually white, or white/red or black/white checkered. In some countries, it is a kuffiyeh or a shemagh. The egal; a rope band is optional


BishtThe bisht is a popular men’s cloak in Arabia and some other Arab countries. This free outer cloak is worn over the thobe. It is brown, black, grey or cream in color and worn only for special occasions like weddings, festivals and Friday prayer.


serwal clothingThese are white cotton pants worn beneath the thobe and other gowns worn by men. The serwal is worn with a white undershirt made from cotton. They have a drawstring an elastic waist or both. They are used as pyjamas too and are called mikasser.


IZARThe izar is a wide cloth band wrapped around like a sarong and tucked in place. It is made from cotton and patterns are woven in it. It is common in UAE, Yemen, Oman, sections of the Indian Subcontinent, and in South Asia.


TURBANThis has different names around the world. It is a long rectangular piece of cloth over (10 ft.) and is wrapped either around the head or over a skullcap. The folds arrangements are specific to each area and culture. The turban is a customary piece for men in Iran, North Africa, Afghanistan and other regional countries.


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