Okay…here is a post that I know Aafke, as an artist, will certainly enjoy. I want each of us to describe what would be the perfect abaya. Let’s go on the premise that it must be a black garment. But, how would YOU like to jazz it up … or down?
First of all for me, the abaya MUST have side pockets! I also prefer an abaya that snaps or hooks up the front. It is too awkward and bulky to lift one over the head and it also messes up hair and makeup. My abaya also needs to have slits in the side to make it easy for walking. I have a long stride and an abaya without slits looks ridiculous on me as I walk along.
Now, about jazzing it up or bling… I want to make a statement. My abaya should have a big pink ribbon on the back with the words in Arabic – ‘Let’s find the cure for cancer NOW.’ I would also want pink crystals along the sleeves and the neckline. Of course my abaya would have a hood which is lined inside with pink material.
I’m not sure if the Muttawa would approve of my abaya but it would be ideal for me. Of course I would find out where an American Bedu reader found her pink cowboy boots so I could wear some under my abaya too.