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    the head scarf has long been seen as a cultural andreligious requirement. but as fashion takes centre stage,women around the world began exploring new ways ofusing the simple scarf to create their own distinctiveversions of head coverings. glam speaks to four women

    from different cultural backgrounds on their stylishinterpretation of the headscarf.

    the ashion icon o the 60s got her

    style mojo right rom the start.

    Jackie Kennedy, well-loved or

    her elegant dressing and riendly

    demeanour, had always acces-

    sorised with the modest headscar pulled

    back casually with a knot at the back. A ew

    decades later, the new wave o celebrities in-cluding Nicole Ritchie, Halle Berry and Kelly

    Osbourne embraced the movement o adorn-

    ing the head with colourul scarves setting

    a new trend which reached out to a global


    For women who have been covering their

    heads all their lives as part o a cultural or

    religious requirement, the new interest in

    headwear sparked o a stylish revolutionchanging traditional headwear styles in com-

    munities around the world.

    Indonesian events co-ordinator Febrariska

    Armen cites her current style point o reer-

    ence as popular Muslim bloggers and stylists

    who regularly post videos o new ways to

    wear the headscarves on the Internet.

    There is a surge o Muslim style bloggers

    who promote dressing in a modest way and

    a big ocus is on the variety o head covering

    designs to suit your wardrobe. One o my hot

    avourite at the moment is Hana Tajima who

    is based in London. She is extremely popular

    in South East Asia as women in this region

    are very open to new ways o head coverings,

    Armen explains.

    Head coverings are known as jilbabs in In-

    donesia and young women are beginning to

    look or bold patterns and colours in scarves

    that are used to cover their heads. Many like

    Febrariska, pick out styles rom online stylebloggers and adjust them to suit their own

    preerences. Standing in ront o the mirror

    or hours trying to learn and discover new

    styles is a norm.

    There are a ew accessories needed to

    create the dierent styles, mainly an inner

    covering o the head which are called anak

    tudung or inner-ninjas as well as brooches

    and pins. The inner coverings provide the ba-sic coverage o the hair and neck as required

    by Islam so that we can experiment with fuid

    styles with the outer scar.

    Online business entrepreneur Jamiatun Ba-

    harum who designs and sells head veils, says

    a similar trend is taking place in Malaysia.

    While the Ariani style, which is a simple tri-

    angle wrap around the head, has been the sta-

    ple look or decades in the country, there has

    been a new way o looks in the last two years

    because o the new interest in headwear.

    What the bloggers and Muslim designers

    have done is to inspire young teenagers and

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    attract them to explore new ways in coveringtheir head. Some interesting modern takes

    include the usage o hoodie tops to cover

    while wearing an inner-ninja, Jamiatun


    Known as the tudung in Malaysia, the

    headscar that Jamiatun chose or the inter-

    view is a batik-print scar, a silk abric which

    originates rom the east coast o the country.

    The batik is a silk abric with motis thatare brush painted usually with a nature

    theme. It is a very popular and traditional

    abric that is gaining revival in contemporary

    ashion especially as a headscar.

    Creating the perect headscar look which

    can be worn all-day also requires a little help

    in structure support especially i you have

    short hair. Entrepreneur and womens suc-

    cess coach Layla Saad explains that she usu-

    ally wears a fower netting clip on her hair

    beore putting on her headscar to give it a

    voluminous look and to help the scar stay in


    O a mixed Arican and Omani background,Layla has gone through stages o experiment-

    ing with dierent head covering styles rom

    wraps to turbans beore she ound the right

    look to complement her style.

    I do constantly look out or new styles but

    at the moment, Im happy with this pulled-

    back cap style which allows me to wear ear-

    rings and stay stylish. I have a very classic

    style and tend to stick to plain colours andlight wool abrics.

    The revival o interest in headscarves has

    also brought the old Kenyan tradition o ki-

    tambaa back to lie ater being labelled by

    youngsters as conservative and outdated.

    The kitambaa is an old cultural practise o

    headscar by the Kenyan community to show

    modesty and humility and is usually part o

    a complete outt with matching accessories

    that are chunky and dramatic.

    The younger generation had stopped

    wearing the kitambaa because it was consid-

    ered traditional but in the recent years, a new

    wave o young entrepreneurs began revivingthe practice by introducing vibrant colours

    and motis in the abrics o the kitambaa

    as compared to dull colours worn by the

    older generation, Kenyan Caroline Kariuki


    The kitambaa is worn everyday by the

    older generations in Kenya but the young-

    sters have adopted the practice or special

    occasions like weddings, theme parties andevents.

    You can now nd the kitambaa in almost

    every colour and moti that you can imag-

    ine. It is considered to be very ashionable to

    wear it now in Kenya because o the revival.

    Because o its basic wrap shape around the

    head, you can choose either sot or hard ab-

    rics to create the dierent shapes that you

    want on the head. The basic shape is a simple

    knot at the ront o the head but with stier

    abrics, you can create really dramatic and

    voluminous looks especially i you are wear-

    ing the ull matching outt.

    How To Get The

    Look - Simple

    Style Guide

    layla SaaD - THE PuLL BACK CAP LooK

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    caroline KariuKi -THE TuRBAN WRAP


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    FebrariSKa armen -THE CoNTRAST CoLoR LooK

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