Oct 13, 2009

What is an ABAYA?

Abaya is a garment worn by Muslim women to cover themselves. The abaya is referred to by many different words essentially meaning the same thing in terms of dress code or Islamic dressing. In terms of fashion abaya is used more to refer to black or light coloured dresses with embroidery or some form of art and designed in a very simple way. The abaya can be open from the front having buttons all the way down or can be closed and have just one or two buttons close to the neck.

Abayas are made in many different ways and with many different designs. A lot of the influence of the design, colour and material comes from the geographic location of where the abaya is made or worn.

An abaya made in Turkey for the local market will ideally have at the least one area of the abaya that has a printed design. The abaya material will be shiny or have a very smooth surface such as using a satin material. The material of the abaya will also be quite thick and of high quality. It is also common to design abayas in the shape of coats.

An abaya in the United Arab Emirates made for the local market will be of a very light material and have a light and bright colour. Many of the abayas will be very shiny and have beaded or stone work done onto the abaya. Tassels would also be used along the joints or at the edges. The abayas usually tend to match the khimar or headscarf in this case and are made of the same material as the actual abaya.

In India or Pakistan the abaya if made for the local market will be black in colour and of cotton material normally. The abaya would have embroidery in dark colours such as maroon and navy blue. There would also be patch work with a shiny material mostly on the sleeves and collars. The embroidery is mostly done on the arms and at the bottom of the abaya.

An abaya worn in Indonesia would be of a very light colour and made mainly of cotton. The khimar to match the abaya would be a very large size. It is common to use cutwork rather than embroidery to create a design on abayas in Indonesia. The abaya is very popular in Indonesia and is worn by thousands of Muslim women there.

In Egypt the abaya would be made of a very light material but in very bright colours. The Egyptians are very well known for their creativity in styling abayas. The materials used could be from silk, polyester to cotton and georgette. The abayas have loads of tassels and laces on the sleeves and the back area. This helps loosen the abya even more if required. The sleeves are usually more loose and longer. Some abayas in Egypt even have gloves attached to it that can be worn or tucked into the sleeves.

Abayas are worn using various styles around the world and the variety keeps increasing. In Europe and the US many styles have been adapted by Muslims and new styles have also been created under the label of jilbabs. The motive of all Islamic dresses irrespective of location or origin is the same, to dress modestly.

Information is from MUSLIMBASE
Images are from NOURAASHLEY

6 comments:

Kit Pryde said...

oooooooooo.

pretty.

mula la nak membeli. control control.. nasfu nafsu....

kakchik said...

Kit - cantik dipandang mata, selesa dipakai tapi seksa nak membayar, hehehe tapi ... kakchik nanti nak jual yang reasonable and affordable to students, housewives and career women.

nazliahnazeer said...

kakchik!!omg! cantik la abayas kat nouraashley tu! iskk suka btl. nak beli selalu blh bankrupt. hihi. tunggu yg kakchik jual nti la. insyaAllah. naz doakan. sbenarnya naz pn suka nak jual jgk. klu blh naz akan amik yg dari Jordan, tak ramai kan lg yg jual dr Jordan? hehe. duk ckp je tp takut nak start.

kakchik said...

naz - nanti boleh beli dgn kakchik naz. abaya noura ashley tu ada juga masuk dlm stok tapi kakchik pilih yang affordable la kan. takut mahal sangat org takut nak beli.

molek tu naz, kita sama-sama jual abaya, menggalakkan pemakaian yg lebih baik. kena yakin dan usahakan juga baru projek jalan.

nazliahnazeer said...

btl kakchik. mmg harga kena affordable. klu naz dalam harga around rm90-rm130 tu naz blh bli.or lbih skit around rm150. stakat tu je dlu, sbb kene bajet. naz br keje. hehe. nti tkde duit smpan lak.

thanks kakchik. tu la kne btl2 yakin. kne pk habis2. :)

kakchik said...

naz - ha'ah kakchik pun memang nak stok abaya dalam range harga RM50 - RM200 dulu. kalau ada permintaan untuk abaya yang glam sikit barulah tambah stok. eloklah tu, beringat-ingat untuk menyimpan. waktu single lah plg elok berjimat-cermat.

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