7 Types of Muslim Headwear for Women
A covering or veil is a piece of clothing that's used to cover the head, face, or anything which has a symbolic importance or sacredness. Though the issue on veiling is not very clearly documented in Muslim writings, it's commonly associated with women and holiness. The veil is worn by Muslims to show respect to an object or as an expression of their cultural identity.
A veil can either be a loose scarf over the head or a part of the whole body cloak that covers every inch of the body. There are various types of Muslim veils, such as the partial coverings like hijab, niqab, shayla and al-amira, and the full-body ones such as burka and chador. A woman's culture and sect of Islam can influence what type of veil she wears.
Here are seven different types of headscarves for Muslim women.
This general term comes from the Arabic for veil which most commonly refers to a headscarf that covers the hair, neck and chest, but not the face. These scarves come in various different styles and colours. The type most commonly worn in the West is a square scarf that covers the head and neck but leaves the face clear.
Niqab refers to a veil covering the head and face that leaves the area around the eyes clear. This can also be worn with a separate eye veil and is usually worn with a loose black garment that covers the entire body from head to toe.
This is oldest types of headscarf used by Muslim women that covers the entire body and face, with a mesh window or grille across the eyes of a woman to look out of. This headscarf is the most concealing of all Islamic veils.
The khimar is a long, cape-like veil that hangs down to just above the waist. It covers the hair, neck and shoulders completely, but leaves the face clear.
It is a long, full-length cloak worn by many Iranian women. It covers the hair, neck and shoulders completely, but leaves the face clear. This cape-like veil is typically held closed at the front with the wearer’s hands. Also, it is often accompanied by a smaller headscarf underneath.
The al-amira is a two-piece veil. It consists of a close fitting cap, usually made from cotton or polyester, and an accompanying tube-like scarf.
Dupatta or Shayla
It is a long scarf which is usually worn loosely across the head, shoulder and chest. It can be easily tucked around the neck and shoulders. Also, you can stylishly pair it with matching garments.
All these are different type of Muslim headwear. Hijab is the most common among them. You can find an array of stylish hijab online which are available in different, sizes, patterns and colours. It's a sign of respect that a Muslim woman must adorn. Nowadays, women from all cultures like to embrace a hijab to look respectful and modest, but stylish at the same time.