Let’s first get to understand the many reverberations of the word ‘hijab’ in order get into the skin of this term and fresh spruted industry of Hijab fashion. So Hijab as many of you might know comes from the Arabic root –word hajaba which means a variety of things in Arabic like, shelter/curtain/separation/hide amongst many popular derivatives and for the convenience of our understanding we’ll conform to veil.
As per Islamic tenets based on Quranic interpretation, modesty of both the sexes is highly valued but unlike the popular perception, this modesty does not only limit to physical clothes but also accommodates for morality of character, clean clothes, purity of thoughts etc. Islam is governed by Islamic laws of halal and haram and hence one is supposed to live their life by the sharia code of conduct.
Hijab is one such aspect which is extensively documented in various hadiths. It advocates for modesty in dressing up by not donning up in figure –hugging, transparent or translucent fabrics and also calls for covering of hair for women as well as condemns body (skin) exposure except what comes naturally off like the face or hands. Now this context of modern hijab has rippled into the imagery of an iconic headscarf as a popular contemporary imagery for women of faith. Taking cue from the hair coverage bit, very few know that Islam advocates for men too, to cover their head but then well, we all know how that rolled out. The new age Muslimahs are seen to be trying to inculcate the part of their identity in Deen by retaining the significant –pre markers as well as giving into creative outlets for self-expression in terms to fashion.
Thanks to globalization, you have new renditions of a simple hijab-right from the ruffled, double –layered or double hued to various scarves with twisted folds and cuts giving way to hoojab (hijab in the form of a hoodie). Many borrow from different geographies like the solid black scarves from gulf to brightly hued silk from morocco to ikkat dyed prints In India. All these different local and cultural motifs and mileu get centralized under the umbrella of Hijab –fashion. Over time, hijab on the whole has come to symbolize the whole package of an ensemble traditionally worn by a Muslim woman which covers her entire body.With many designers and budding Fashionistas having their go on creative energies, every day becomes a new day with an eclectic hybrid bandana Hijab or a frock Abaya. What’s next?