A word commonly known among the Muslims, ‘Hijab’ comes from the Arabic language and means divider or barricade. The Arabic Hijab style is the most famous one and influences a great lot of people all around the world. The Arabs cover themselves in a unique way, men wearing long robes called Kaftaan and women wearing long gown (usually black) called Abaya with scarves to cover their hair. This style of dressing up has become the identification of the Arabs and makes them unique as compared to European and Asian styles. The Arabic lifestyle is so closely connected with Islam that it is, in fact, known to be the Islamic lifestyle by some people.
As mentioned before, Arabic Hijab style influences other countries and cultures. This Arabic outfit was first limited to Arab and few other mainstream Muslim countries only but the abaya outfits are now available with different variations in non-Muslim and European countries too (anywhere the Muslims exist). Wearing abaya which used to be challenging for women is now considered a sign of modesty. They have now become a symbol of elegance for Arabic women in particular and Islamic females at large.
Nowadays, the Abayas come with many variations. The concept of same old Abayas and scarves has changed and there is a vast variety of them available in the market. The Arabic females are one of the key players in bringing revolution into the Abaya industry. Like every other fashion, there are trends for Abaya and Kaftaan selection. More of Islamic dresses consist of Jilbab and Shalwar Kameez. In essence, Islamic dresses are all those which prevent the exposure of body.
The current trends in Burqa/ Hijab designs are the double cloth Hijab style in which a Hijab under Hijab is used. The females usually wear a cap to cover their hair or drape their hair in a piece of cloth and then tie another cloth (scarf) around the head and neck. The under Hijab can be a fashionable addition to the look of hijabis and come as plain, striped, checkered, shimmery and many other type of prints and embellishments.
The whole Abaya itself is also decorated with embroidery, flowery patterns, stone work and embellishments and many designers are earning quite well from this industry. Some introduce embroidering design giving neck style look, others bring in variations like long chiffon Shayla, some also launch party wear Hijab which are heavily embroidered and very shimmery. These designers have created a huge variety of Hijab types to choose from.
A lot of work has been done by many Arabic and other designers on scarves too. The scarves come in different materials (chiffon, silk, lawn, net, etc). Some have motifs on them, some are worn with adorable little broaches, some are colorful and others plain chic. The Hijab has actually become a style statement for women who can define themselves from the type of Hijab they wear. It is so elegant and easy to wear, everyone just has to pick out what matches their personality and they are ready to be wrapped up in style.