While some women may dream of going to a post-workout Starbucks in Lululemon hot pink workout pants - in Afghanistan women are fighting for the right to work out at all.
Long sustainably-made silk robes, vibrant headscarves fro organic cotton, and intricate lace face veils paint a modest, underground and mystical picture of Muslim fashion. Despite the modest nature of Islamic clothing designed to honour the religion, Muslim attire is adorned with bright designs, bold colours and stunning materials. In recent years Islamic clothing has taken […]
It’s true that a preponderance of Muslim women are shrouded in unflattering chadors and hijabs that hardly permit a crack of light, but American women are turning to more fashionable (and environmentally friendly) ways to achieve the modesty called upon by their Islamic faith. Founded in order to promote a culture of peace and tolerance […]
Last month, a woman wearing a Muslim hijab headscarf presented the headlines on an Egyptian television news program, becoming headline news herself. So why the alarm when anchor Fatma Nabil appeared on Channel 1 (one of several state-run TV stations) wearing an off-white hijab that covered her hair and neck? And why is this issue connected […]
The woman’s hijab is being caught in a culture war based on intolerance In June, a Jordanian woman was fired from her job for refusing to don a headscarf. She responded by filing suit against her Arab employer for unlawful dismissal, kicking off a media debate over how much tolerance is acceptable when Islamic and […]
Prince Ali of Jordan believes that Muslim women shouldn’t be disqualified from world-class sports because they wear the hijab, the traditional Islamic head covering. This youngest vice-president of the world football’s governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is a vocal supporter in the campaign against the hijab ban. In 2007, FIFA, banned players from wearing […]
An entirely ethical outfit from Fashion Conscience with Muslim modesty in mind - Easy to adapt to your styles and the weather. Rate or slate it here.
In part 1 of the Eco-hijabs series Green Prophet reporter Zaufishan interviews HijabTrendz founder Mariam Sobh on why and how Muslim fashion blogs are digging the eco-living. Read more on why 'eco-hijabs' are an integral part of the Islamic faith.
Breastfeeding a baby is not only good for the baby, but can go a long way to “greening” Islam. If you are breastfeeding a baby, this Muslim American blogger recommends buying a special coverup. Here in the Middle East, modesty among religious Christians, […]
You may not believe it, but the green stuff many people have growing as a decorative plant in their garden may become one of main fibers for manufacturing clothing, linens, curtains, and other fabrics that are presently being made from cotton (a very wasteful pant), and various synthetic fibers. Presently a number of fashion designers […]
Playing a game or two is something that runs to the very core of societies across the world and remains a way in which communities interact with one another - online or otherwise.
In some Middle Eastern cities, the governments embrace dog walking, dog loving and dog everything. It seems like there are more dog parks than people parks in some areas of Tel Aviv, but if you live in Iran, watch out. Taking your dog out for a spin might land you in jail. The country’s totalitarian […]
Gone are the days when Dubai would attract only pearl merchants and British marines, remaining for the rest of the world an obscure land populated by exotic people almost sprung from the pages of Scheherazade’s tales. Now the city is so flooded with inquisitive foreign faces that Emiratis themselves seem to be hard to come […]
The world is waiting with baited breath over the legalisation of what will be Canada’s most important cash crop: medical cannabis. But cannabis has been administered in the grey area for more than a decade at compassion clinics. Its new Prime Minister vowed to make cannabis fully legally recreationally as well as medicinally in 2018 […]
Need a respite from awful news? You can opt to plunk down money for one of this summer’s superhero movies – or better yet – tune in to a few homespun videos viralling online that show the real, and stoppable, quest of Good trumping Evil. Pardon the use of that once-powerful verb. Thankfully, this is not […]
You can get thrown in jail in Saudi Arabia for making out on the beach, but with its new leader’s mission to modernize the ultra-conservative Islamic society, Saudi Arabia may become one of the top 10 beach destinations in the world. Maybe even topless? Well, let’s not go that far. But it is located on […]
American actress Lindsay Lohan made an appearance at London Modest Fashion Week (LMFW), a two-day event launched last year in the British capital to promote regional designers who cater to culturally conservative consumers. Invited as a special Guest of Honor, the former wild child took a front row seat at LMFW’s opening ceremony dressed in a silky […]
It’s hard to believe that in 2017 women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive. Shwaya, shwaya! Saudi Arabia announced this week that it would allow women to drive, ending a long-term approach that’s shown the world how oppressed women can be in the Middle East. We’ve learned from jokers on YouTube about how […]
In a recycler’s reinvention of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, a Malaysian manufacturer is crafting eco-friendly fashion from melted and discarded plastic bottles.
Amid news of France’s overturned ban of the full-body “burkini” swimsuit, Playboy and Women’s Running magazines featuring women in hijab for the first time the hijab is turning heads and making headlines. The hijab or face-covering for Muslim women needs to be comfortable and sport-relevant says Qatar-based founders of Oola Sportswear. They just launched an Indiegogo campaign that […]
Today on the streets of Jaffa, where I live, I saw for the first time in my life a woman in hijab (helmet on top) driving her motorbike in full throttle along Jerusalem Boulevard. She was too quick for me (on my peddle bike!) to take a photo. I was pretty proud of her, because […]
A Dubai-based abaya fashion designer has come up with a way to take the traditional black cloak into the future by integrating nanotechnology into its sleeves, giving the garment the capability to charge a smartphone or tablet. Manaal Al Hammadi showcased her solar-powered abaya at the last month’s World Energy Summit 2016 at the Abu Dhabi […]
There’s been a revolution in Iran, and we’re not talking about the one that resulted in overthrowing the Shah in 1979! The latest one involves an Irish environmentalist and surfing champion, and her mission to bring the sport to Iran, and its women. When a young boy stood on the beach in a fishing village […]
A travelling art exhibit made from thousands of bamboo poles has landed in Israel. Inviting the public to climb on it, and inside it, this is one rare art installation made from thousands of bamboo poles which encourages people to be part of it.
Designers from around the world will parade their latest collections in Abu Dhabi’s first-ever Eco Fashion Show, a five-day event featuring couture-with-a-conscience this April.