Islamic Clothing Definitions

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Abaya: Long sleeve slipover, one piece, dress cut design

Amira Hijab: Slipover hijab with two pieces one piece serves as a hair cap, the other piece is the actual hijab that you slip over. The one piece amira hijab design has the hair cap conveniently attached to the hijab. "Amira" means princess in Arabic, this has been the "coined" word for this style of hijab. Designs may vary in size, check description online.

Regular Length- Usually 15" from chin to bottom

Shoulder Length- Usually 10" from chin to bottom

Hijab: 45" perfect square fabric, made of polyester in various textures

Chiffon-A lightweight , sheer, plain weave fabric with a dull surface

Turkish- Soft "gauze" like, tightly woven lightweight fabric

Georgette-a lightweight, plain weave, crepe fabric with a pebbly texture and slightly raspy hand

Jalabiyya: are long sleeve, "long dress" type for a man

Jilbab: Long sleeve type jacket/coat that is worn as an actual outfit. Wear a full lightweight outfit underneath for modesty

Kuwaiti- refers to slipover style with no buttons

Jordanian- refers to button down jilbab style

Khimar: Refers to extra long, circular hijab piece, similar to an amira hijab cut.. Khimars always come with a triangular piece underscarf

Kufi: Men's Islamic hat

Moroccan: Refers to any style jilbab, abaya or men's attire with a decorative "hood" on the back of the neck. Usually a decorative piece and not actually worn over the head

Niqab: Full face burqah refers to face veil with layers that cover the entire face, and eyes completely

Shayla Hijab: Rectangular fabric that is wrapped around in various way

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