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 colourul 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 reer-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 hotavourite 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 ownpreerences. Standing in ront o the mirroror hours trying to learn and discover newstyles is a norm.“There are a ew accessories needed tocreate the dierent 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