Friday, 1 February 2013 is the first annual World Hijab Day. A hijab is the headscarf worn by Muslim women, often a veil that covers the face except for the eyes, customarily worn in order to maintain standards of modesty.
From BBC News: "For many people, the hijab is a symbol of oppression and divisiveness. It's a visible target that often bears the brunt of a larger debate about Islam in the West. World Hijab Day is designed to counteract these controversies. It encourages non-Muslim women (or even Muslim women who do not ordinarily wear one) to don the hijab and experience what it's like to do so, as part of a bid to foster better understanding." Read more about World Hijab Day on BBC News here.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about the hijab and the Muslim women who wear them as well as for me, as head wear designer, to demonstrate a way to wear a beautiful headscarf. No religion here, just pretty scarves. There are so many ways to wear headscarves and this is one of my favorites:
- I like to use a large square scarf about 3' x 3'
- fold it into a triangle
- drape the long side of the triangle across your forehead with the tail of the triangle at the back of your head
- grab the two long ends and wrap around your head as many times as necessary and tuck the ends into the layers
- tuck the point of the triangle at the back of your head over the layers to secure (or add a brooch)!
- an alternative finish is to create a rosette, as shown in this image from Dailynewsms.com, low at the neckline. lovely!
And check out designer, Rabia Z, and her video, for ways to create beautiful, more traditional styles, with the hijab!
+Tonya Gross Millinery
+World Hijab Day