The Definitive Guide of Various Veils of the Muslim World

There are different types of veils, the garment covering the female body of many Muslim women, and each deserves a different name according to the design and the geographical area. Each one of them responds to usages and customs belonging to countries, reasons and very different customs, and not only to religious issues. What are and what are the various veils of the Muslim world we showed it this definitive guide.

Before seeing the different types that exist, it must be pointed out that the hijab is the only Islamic veil as such, thus Wadia has explained it us. N Syria based in Ceuta: “all are traditional garments, adapted to a geographical context and, therefore, cultural, not religious, what should not call Islamic clothing.” The kinds of veils are different regional garments, no Qur’anic basis, and, therefore, not religious. Culturales-tradicionales clothes”.


The hijab or hijab It is the headscarf used by Muslim women to cover the hair and sometimes neck. Its size and color depend on the customs of each community and “from a point of departure religious, use Yes is obligatory, since it is the only garment that has Quranic basis”. So Wadia says us. Its origin is in the Quran, and is that the hijab is a symbol of status, free women thus differed from the slaves, which not were allowed to carry the ‘jilbaab’. For many Muslims is considered as the symbol of religion and femininity, and takes in different styles and colors. It is the most widely used in the West class.

Asked about the Quran to Nawal. Moroccan s resident in Madrid, and explains that: “in the Qur’an is asking is that a woman do not call the attention with her beauty and that therefore certain parts such as the hair must be covered.” According to the geographical area there are different interpretations of the Quran, each country explains it one way or another, so there are so many ways to wear a dust mask. For us they are cultural traditions.” In an article by our colleagues from Magnet also told us that the degree of compliance with the dress code varies and not all women take it in the same way.


The Burka It is the strictest garment, since it covers the woman’s body from head to toe, covering even the eyes, which are behind a mesh to facilitate the vision of the woman. Used in Afghanistan where Yes cover the face entirely. “The Burka is strictly Afghan,” explains Wadia.
It is the kind of less common garment in the Islamic world and also the most controversial. Its color is light blue or black blue.


The Niqab It is a color similar to the Burka black garment because it covers the whole body to the feet, including face, but differs in that it leaves only a small opening at the height of the eyes. Its use comes from the societies of the Gulf, especially in Saudi Arabia, but has spread to other countries like Egypt.

To the Amira

Annie Hasibuan during this week of the New York fashion spring-summer 2017

The amira or the Amira It’s a simple two-piece veil: one as a hat that fits the head of cotton or polyester, and the other is a veil that fits around the neck and also covers part of the head. Interestingly also referred to as “Princess handkerchiefs” because it can be decorated with diamonds, brooches, stones or any other type of detail.


The Shayla It is a long, rectangular shape, Veil very used in the countries of the Persian Gulf. This piece is wrapped around the head and is folded or fixed on the shoulders. It can be of different colours and patterns.


The chador It is a traditional garment used Shia women, who are in Iran, especially fostered since the Islamic revolution. It is usually black and covers a woman from head to toe. In Iraq, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia contains a long cloak (abaya, in Arabic) to hide the shape of the body and a veil to cover hair and neck. Leave uncovered the face and hands. In rural areas of Tunisia and Algeria women covered a similar fabric, but white.


Khimar It is a veil in the form of coating which covers the hair, neck, shoulders, chest and waist, i.e. the form of the woman, and falls to the waist but yes the face free. There are shorter and longer, since some can reach even up to the knee. It can be of different colors.

Muslim women claim their place in fashion

In the Week of the fashion of New York spring/summer 2017 for the first time paraded models with hijab. Anniesa Hasibuan bet on a collection with veils. The Indonesian presented a collection with tunics in silk and Brocade, and two PCs, both with skirt like pants, suits and each of the outputs was accompanied by different designs of yihab covering the head and chest of the women models.

See complete gallery» Anniesa Hasibuan (52 photos)

The fashion firms have increasingly into account Muslim fashion, with the aim of supporting its Arab markets. It is the case of Dolce & Gabbana who showed us a few months ago a fascinating collection of veils. Also DKNY who dedicated a line of textile garments suitable for Ramadan in 2014.

Also H & M signed last year to Mariah Idrissi, the first Muslim model with hijab that starred in a Western fashion campaign.

The first Barbie with hijab

Last February we already speak of Hijarbie, the first Barbie with hijab, a real star in behind this Barbie is Haneefah Adam, a 24-year-old girl, lover of fashion and of Nigerian origin, that is dedicated to design outfits inspired by garments that use some Muslim girls.

‘Emojis’ with hijab

If we look at our smart phone and go into Whats App, one of our main roads in our day to day, there is no emojis with hiyad. By 2015 became the application more than 300 new characters with multiracial versions but none include women veiled. Since a few days the young Rayouf Alhumedhi, a German of saudi origin, proposed firmly that Unicode (character encoding standard) includes two emojis to illustrate those who wear the hijab.