The Islamic swim-wear which has taken a 360 degree turn on its heads up, comes with the most awaited solution of the century in the lives of water –loving, beach waddling Young Muslimahs who were always perturbed about the lack of availability of a modest swim-wear. And along comes BURKINI- with the right pun intended as much as to mock the veteran Bikinis staple of a beach ware arena, this modest swim –suit offers an apt replacement to the teeny-weeny, itsty-bitsy two-piece.
For Long, muslim women, who had taken up professional sports and were athletes or took to adventure sports as an hobby, did not have a ready or the so called- GO-To dress as an Active-wear. They more than often had to resort to certain DIY tricks to pull themselves a modest piece for the said activity as the ones available in the market was something which was not permissible by Islamic idea of modest dressing. Painstakingly, many even had to give up on their love for other active-sports like the water or racing which mandatorily made shorts and a vest fashionable item /or popular enough to be almost seen as a uniform for the said activity. Burkini the brainchild of fashion-enthusiasts who helped such Muslim women live their dreams by incorporating the ethics of Islamic modesty and flexibility for the physical activity. These modest swimming suits are cut out of lycra and mostly are made to accommodate chlorine -resistant and also offer protection against the harmful UV rays.
Generally, a Burkini comes with a head-cap as a Hijab cap to hide one’s hair. The tunics as well as Pants are made of adequate lengths to adhere to the decorum of modest Islamic clothing. While some come along with caps as built-in hoodie in the tunic itself, others come as an additional accessory to the garments. These Burkinis are obviously opaque in nature and aptly color-coded to ward off any unsuspecting eye- on the woman’s body. They also come with drawstrings attached to the tunic and on the pants to prevent the pants and tunics from floating up, once under –water. It closely resembles a scuba-dive costume, minus the head gear but with added colors.