The traditional conservative Arabic and Islamic clothing has seen a huge revolution with designers tapping this market and infusing their creativity in the designs and fabrication. While the apparel still upholds its objective of concealing the women’s entire body, the silhouettes and value additions imparts opulence to its make.
Abaya, loose over garment that was predominantly fabricated from plain black crepe, Georgette, and chiffon has found new expressions by propound experimentation with Swarovski , lace , pearls, handwork, explicit embroideries, detailing on hem, golden and silver neckline and cuff line. The abaya covers the whole body except the face, feet, and hands. It can be worn with the niqāb, a face veil covering all but the eyes.
Silhouettes have also witnessed an evolving trend with kimono, double layered with outer black with reflection of inner colored fabric being extensively employed to add an extra layer of beauty.
Jilbab, long and loose-fit coat that drapes the entire body worn by Muslim women is now embellished with rich embroideries, floral sew on motifs, this is worn with Hijab that covers hand and head.
Kaftan the loose kimono dress is crafted on cotton and cotton blended with wool fabric embellished with opulent embroideries on neckline and front bodice.
Djellaba, traditional long, loose-fitting unisex outer robe with full sleeves that were earlier constructed from wool for winter clothing and in cotton for summer are now being experimented in lightweight textiles.
While this sphere still remains in its nascent stage, there is still a lot to be explored and revamped by the burgeoning designers