Friday, January 13, 2012

Ready-to-wear Hijabs

I came across this invention from Lebanon-based Bokitta through a friend's tweet today, and the first thought that struck me was, 'How come this idea never crossed anyone's mind before this?' Hindsight bias in play, right?


The hijabs come in one size, don't need to be pinned, and don't need to be wrapped. All you have to do is pull those Voila scarfs over your head. (See the video!)

As much as I like the sound of that, I'm also thinking about many hijabi girls I know who like trying out different styles everyday and how all of that creativity will be thrown out of the window as they are stuck with the one style the Voila scarfs will come in. I'm also thinking about face shapes that under-scarf caps don't suit at all. And I'm imagining how difficult it would be to iron them.

I still think this is a good idea that will makes lives easier for many hijabis, especially the ones who have trouble wrapping their scarfs or are always in a hurry. The Voila scarfs cost from $18 up to $25, depending on the print. For someone who lives in the Middle East where we can get cotton scarfs of literally any colour and print for as low as 10 dirhams ($3), I think I'll pass on this one.

Or maybe wait for twenty years till their patent expires and competition gets intense...

What do you think of Voila Ready-to-wear scarfs? Will you be willing to purchase one?

23 comments:

  1. Mashallah, I think it's a nice idea. I prefer using a normal scarf, but I can see it being beneficial to some sisters...

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  2. very good collection,

    I found excellent abayas at
    www.modestvision.com

    Do visit this site!

    Thanks

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  3. Some of those hijabs are so beautiful! But I don't think I would invest in one of these. I would feel very exposed if I bought them b/c they don't cover the chest enough.

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    1. Do you mean that you avoid wrap-around sheilas in general too? You made me think of an aspect I've never thought of before!

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  4. I wish they expanded and made hijabs for different face shapes (round, oval, etc) or added more layers maybe to provide more coverage, depending on what people want.
    I would buy one, just for a bad hijab day :D

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    1. It's soo you! Actually now you've become pro ;) this would've been useful when you just started especially after a long day of ping-pong and running to catch buses!

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  5. I think this is sucha nice idea, it looks easy and comfortable, but like you've said, I think that for many of us who have been wearing hijab for a while, we've become comfortable with our own style according ot personal face shape etc. I can imagine this saves a lot of time though, and no unnecessary scarf pins sounds good. Thanks for posting this.

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    1. Yes, scarf pins can be particularly annoying particularly when they manage to free themselves and get lost and you're stuck with having to hold the other end or fold it inside which spoils it all!

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  9. It's a really good idea, especially when you don't have time to think how to wear it.

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  10. Well yes if putting on your hijab everyday is a time-consuming task, this is a really good idea.
    Thanks for stopping by, I really like your blog :)

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  11. Your blog is so cute....Spill Beans hahaha I love it. :)
    Admittedly, the hijab I use for prayers is a ready made one. I love being able to just slip it over my head quickly and easily. But as you say, I can see pros and cons of both types. I think a mixed wardrobe would be best..the ready mades for when you feel a bit lazy and the regulars for when you don't. However, I do think the ready mades should cover the chest a bit more like Noshi said above.

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  13. This style is very famous over here in Malaysia. There's the shawl style too, where it adds just a little bit of work where you have to wrap the ends the way you want. But its still pretty simple.

    I can't wear this style since it makes my face looks BIGGER than it is. My mom is a fan of this style though and she has collected quite a number. I myself prefer mid length shawls worn in the way I'm comfortable with. Aka, not too many bits flapping about.

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  14. It's much like an Iranian maghneh where you just slip it on. Only a maghneh is much cheaper. And it takes me about 30 seconds to wrap my normal headscarf so i'll pass this one, LOL.

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