Traditionally Muslims have always kept their women behind covers in public. The women are not allowed to show their skin in public and they are obliged to cover themselves up from head to toe barring only their feet and palms. You can easily identify a Muslim woman in a heavy crowd. Traditional Muslim wear include abayas, hijab, and jilbabs. Such clothes cover women entirely, sometimes not even the faces can be seen, and you are left to wonder what beauty is hidden behind the veils.
The Hijab is very popular among the Middle Eastern and Muslim women and has been so for a long time. It has always been a source of curiosity for the people in the western world. Many Muslim women in the western world are terrified of wearing jilbabs. Nevertheless it has not decreased its popularity and it can even be seen in the western cities too. Jilbabs are long robes which are worn over one’s clothes as an outer garment. It covers the clothes which are worn inside in the privacy of the home. It is a typical Muslim wear which all women must compulsorily wear in the presence of male members of the society, especially those men who are eligible of marrying them.
These are available these days in a variety of styles. The styles include black jilbabs which are designed with colorful pinstripes. They can also be designed with intricate floral patterns with work on the cuffs. Or they can have embroidered necklines. Some of them are designed keeping the formal environment in mind, and women can wear them to their work places or even for an interview.
These days jilbabs are available in a variety of colors, like burgundy, lilac, shades of green, pink and teal. They are also designed with Swarovski stones, shimmery work or gold and silver embroidery. They can also be styled with pleats in the front or in the side or even in the bodice. Some even have bell shaped arms.
The gypsy style Hijab is an expensive and exclusive design. It has frills on the sleeves and also at the base and the fabric from which it is made is very comfortable. They are also available in contemporary style with soft patterns printed all over or intricate design over soft colors. The ones that are used for daily wear are usually of dark color with some light embroidery work and flared sleeves.