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GLAM - Styled to Modesty

GLAM - Styled to Modesty

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Published by Debrina Aliyah

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Published by: Debrina Aliyah on Jun 10, 2012
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82/ DECEMBER 2011
the head scarf has long been seen as a cultural andreligious requirement. but as fashion takes centre stage,women around the world began exploring new ways ofusing the simple scarf to create their own distinctiveversions of head coverings.
speaks to four womenfrom different cultural backgrounds on their stylishinterpretation of the headscarf.
he ashion icon o the 60s got herstyle mojo right rom the start.Jackie Kennedy, well-loved orher elegant dressing and riendlydemeanour, had always acces-sorised with the modest headscar pulledback casually with a knot at the back. A ewdecades later, the new wave o celebrities in-cluding Nicole Ritchie, Halle Berry and KellyOsbourne embraced the movement o adorn-ing the head with colourul scarves setting a new trend which reached out to a globalaudience.For women who have been covering theirheads all their lives as part o a cultural orreligious requirement, the new interest inheadwear sparked o a stylish revolutionchanging traditional headwear styles in com-munities around the world.Indonesian events co-ordinator FebrariskaArmen cites her current style point o reer-ence as popular Muslim bloggers and stylistswho regularly post videos o new ways towear the headscarves on the Internet.“There is a surge o Muslim style bloggerswho promote dressing in a modest way anda big ocus is on the variety o head covering designs to suit your wardrobe. One o my hotavourite at the moment is Hana Tajima whois based in London. She is extremely popularin South East Asia as women in this regionare very open to new ways o head coverings,Armen explains.Head coverings are known as jilbabs in In-donesia and young women are beginning tolook or bold patterns and colours in scarvesthat are used to cover their heads. Many likeFebrariska, pick out styles rom online stylebloggers and adjust them to suit their ownpreerences. Standing in ront o the mirroror hours trying to learn and discover newstyles is a norm.“There are a ew accessories needed tocreate the dierent styles, mainly an innercovering o the head which are called ‘anaktudung’ or ‘inner-ninjas’ as well as broochesand pins. The inner coverings provide the ba-sic coverage o the hair and neck as requiredby Islam so that we can experiment with fuidstyles with the outer scar.”Online business entrepreneur Jamiatun Ba-harum who designs and sells head veils, saysa similar trend is taking place in Malaysia.While the Ariani style, which is a simple tri-angle wrap around the head, has been the sta-ple look or decades in the country, there hasbeen a new way o looks in the last two yearsbecause o the new interest in headwear.“What the bloggers and Muslim designershave done is to inspire young teenagers and
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attract them to explore new ways in covering their head. Some interesting modern takesinclude the usage o hoodie tops to coverwhile wearing an ‘inner-ninja’,” Jamiatunexplained.Known as the ‘tudung’ in Malaysia, theheadscar that Jamiatun chose or the inter-view is a batik-print scar, a silk abric whichoriginates rom the east coast o the country.“The batik is a silk abric with motis thatare brush painted usually with a naturetheme. It is a very popular and traditionalabric that is gaining revival in contemporaryashion especially as a headscar.”Creating the perect headscar look whichcan be worn all-day also requires a little helpin structure support especially i you haveshort hair. Entrepreneur and women’s suc-cess coach Layla Saad explains that she usu-ally wears a fower netting clip on her hairbeore putting on her headscar to give it avoluminous look and to help the scar stay inplace.O a mixed Arican and Omani background,Layla has gone through stages o experiment-ing with dierent head covering styles romwraps to turbans beore she ound the rightlook to complement her style.“I do constantly look out or new styles butat the moment, I’m happy with this pulled-back cap style which allows me to wear ear-rings and stay stylish. I have a very classicstyle and tend to stick to plain colours andlight wool abrics.”The revival o interest in headscarves hasalso brought the old Kenyan tradition o “ki-tambaa” back to lie ater being labelled byyoungsters as conservative and outdated.The ‘kitambaa’ is an old cultural practise o headscar by the Kenyan community to showmodesty and humility and is usually part o a complete outt with matching accessoriesthat are chunky and dramatic.“The younger generation had stoppedwearing the ‘kitambaa’ because it was consid-ered traditional but in the recent years, a newwave o young entrepreneurs began reviving the practice by introducing vibrant coloursand motis in the abrics o the ‘kitambaa’as compared to dull colours worn by theolder generation,” Kenyan Caroline Kariukiexplained.The ‘kitambaa’ is worn everyday by theolder generations in Kenya but the young-sters have adopted the practice or specialoccasions like weddings, theme parties andevents.“You can now nd the ‘kitambaa’ in almostevery colour and moti that you can imag-ine. It is considered to be very ashionable towear it now in Kenya because o the revival.Because o its basic wrap shape around thehead, you can choose either sot or hard ab-rics to create the dierent shapes that youwant on the head. The basic shape is a simpleknot at the ront o the head but with stierabrics, you can create really dramatic andvoluminous looks especially i you are wear-ing the ull matching outt.”
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