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Abayas are a type of loose-fitting, full-length garment worn by women in many Muslim countries as a form of modest dress. The garment is typically made from lightweight, flowing fabrics such as cotton, silk, or chiffon, and is designed to cover the entire body except for the face, hands, and feet. Abayas may be plain or decorated with intricate embroidery, beading, or other embellishments, and may come in a variety of colors, although black is the most common. The origins of the abaya can be traced back to the traditional dress of Bedouin women in the Arabian Peninsula, who wore long, flowing garments to protect themselves from the harsh desert environment. Over time, the abaya became a symbol of modesty and piety, and is now an important part of Islamic culture and identity. Today, abayas are worn by women of all ages and social classes in many parts of the Muslim world, from the Arabian Peninsula to Southeast Asia. They are often worn over other clothing, such as a long dress or pants and a blouse, and may be paired with a headscarf or hijab to cover the hair. Despite their traditional origins, abayas have evolved over time to incorporate modern fashion trends and styles. Many designers now create abayas with unique cuts, patterns, and embellishments, and the garment has become a popular choice for formal occasions such as weddings and parties.

Muslim, modesty, traditional, Bedouin, culture

David Harris

CITATION : "David Harris. 'Abayas.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on May 22, 2024)"

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