Saturday, 10 December 2011

Hijab Fashion - Hundreds of Headscarves


Friday I went with A Georgia Peach to the Centraal Museum to see the new Bloemaert exhibit, and along the way got to see a few other exhibits and pieces that I didn’t realize were already on display. One of the exhibits was this collection of 100 photos of a woman wearing variations on the hoofddoek (headscarf), a topic of interest in the Netherlands — and other countries — as the discussion of Muslim identity and integration rages on. One of the elements of this exhibit was to show that the headscarf is usually worn by choice, and worn at a later age than people often think. The exhibit aims to educate and present thoughts on it by the women who wear the headscarf.
The main woman in the exhibit is Boutaïna Azzabi, born in 1984. She lives in Doha, Qatar, and Veghel, Netherlands (where she was born). She studies communications here in Utrecht, and works as a social media analyst for Al Jazeera. She eats halal kroket and Verkade cookies. She has a passion for travel and investigative journalism; listens to Adele; and finds the headscarf indispensable. The variety of scarves is beautiful, as are the different faces she makes in the photos. I think my favorite is the cheeky wink.

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Along with the photos, there are quotes from Azzabi on the walls. The one seen here says that there is the perception that women who wear the headscarf are suppressed. “Nonsense,” is Azzabi’s response, as she goes on to say that her mother is the real boss of the house.

Regardless of your personal choice and opinion on the issue, it is a nice exhibit to raise awareness and help people be a bit more informed when discussing the topic. For me, the headscarves are still something that I notice, simply because I rarely saw in the US. Yet more and more, they are becoming part of the general scenery as I become used to seeing them here. Certainly, the young girls I see wearing them — girls who look trendy and are outgoing and behaving exactly as teenage girls always do — enforce this idea that the headscarf itself is no big deal.

You can see more photos at Flickr or at

Friday, 9 December 2011

Choosing The Best Hijab Style For You

Here is some tips choosing the best hijab style for you.
Similar in fashion, some hejab style accentuate and best suit your face shape and creates a wonderful subtle effect.

Type of hijab style

Amira, shayla or square hijab, works well depending on your face shape.
  • For you with narrow or long face shapes - square hijab looks the nicest. You could also wear 2 Piece Amira hijab and still maintain poised appearance.
  • For round or wider face shapes - shayla will allow for the most graceful and elegant look. Shaylas of textured or stretchy material work well because they add a bit of volume to the hijab that provide a narrowing effect to the round face.
  • For oval faces - you don't have much to worry as you can wear any style of hijab and look charming in it.
  • Shaylas and wraps generally suit most women, depending on how high or low they are placed on the forehead.
various hijab styles

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Trendy Hijab Styles

First, the square with an equally wide forehead, cheeks and jaw:

Next the round face, with rounded cheeks and chin and equally wide as it is long:

Lastly, tips for the long, thin face where the length is about one and a half times the width.

Trendy hijab styles tips from

I hope these help you! If you have any face-shape tips, feel free to post them in the comments.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

First Police Cadet With Headscarf in Sweden

First police cadet with headscarf in Sweden

First police cadet with headscarf in Sweden

A few years ago it became possible to wear a headscarf as part of the police uniform, after some debate.

Donna Eljammal (26) is Sweden's first police cadet with a headscarf, Metro Se reported.
She had wanted to join the police long before she started wearing a hijab.
"Ever since I was little. I want to help others and move instead of just sitting in front of a computer."
A few years ago it became possible to wear a headscarf as part of the police uniform, after some debate.

According to her, Sweden is a multicultural country and it's important that, within each field, there will be people of different backgrounds, since it increases knowledge and understanding.
Donna Eljammal has had time to get used to the attention.

"I grew up in little Piteå and we were among the first immigrant families there. Also when I worked in the prison service I was the first with a headscarf. But there weren't many who made comments about the headscarf when they got to know me as a person."
Eljammal doesn't think taking off headscarf for her work.
She sees the headscarf as part of her and can do everything with the headscarf so she sees no point in taking it off.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011