“Hejab is a protection”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Iranian girl holding up a sign that says "Hejab is a Protection")

This is just a collection of photos I culled from a few different Iranian news services…all are inspiring, showing how beautiful proper hejab can be! I really dont understand why Muslim women shy away from proper hejab and instead go for skinny jeans and short shirts!

Ive noticed many Iranian sites are now promoting hejab “as a protection”…its on signs and websites. Personally, I do not cover because its a “protection”…but for reasons of modesty and faith. I dislike the belief that covering somehow makes you safe from harrassment or anything like that. Ive experienced harrassment in Saudi AND Iran and I can tell you, no amount of chador OR abaya stopped it! So I dont really buy into the whole hejab as a protection because men cant lower their gaze or whatever like that or that hair sends vibes which can cause earthquakes (yes some individuals have actually said this to me!). No, it remains a sign of modesty (both genders have their own form of hejab) and religious faith and a sign that you are a Muslim and hence do not engage in certain behaviors!

C’mon…get out the sewing machines!

Ive been meaning to do this for awhile, ive been accumulating sewing patterns found online for the modern Irani chadors and the plain, traditional chador. I know some of you have asked me for this information. Sorry!

Anyway…I share what I have…just know, im horrible at ewing from a pattern and when I saw I just eyeball it and prefer to use a garment I already have as a template. Please dont ask me for translations or measurements or anything…not because I’m being mean but because 1-I dont have time what with school and all and -those of you who really do know how to sew and use patterns should be able to work with these as they are fairly straight forward. I’d suggest before ruining nice fabric making a mock with some cheapo muslin or scrap fabric.

The best fabric of the Irani modern and traditional chadors are a good quality, lightweight crepe…especially Japanese crepe. Ive seen such fabric being sold on the UK Ebay. Maybe a very light polyester blend. For the house or prayer chadors use a cotton or preferabbly a cotton blend. Traditionally house chadors are colored with a print, prayer chadors are either white or printed and outside chadors are black or nowadays, maybe dark colors are becoming popular (see previous post).

Hope this helps!

A) Traditional chador  …aka…Chador-e Sadeh or Chador-e Irani OR even Chador-e meshki.

**note a last year I made a post showing how I cut, piece and sew one of these…I’ll try to find it for reference. Found it…its HERE

Also this post shows the popular kind of black crepe nowadays…its like sheerish jacquard fabric…

Do look at my link above, as its missing the last step where you cut on a rounded edge…since the chador is just a huge open semi-circle of material. Do check that out to ensure you make it right!

B) Chador-e Melli…aka “modern chador” aka…National Chador.

This is the original “modern chador”…all the other styles that have rapidly developed are an offshoot of this design (generally).

You can make it dark for outside (or light if you choose), printed for when guests come over and white and wstitched up to the chin with or without a chin cover for salaat or hajj/umrah.

Note: style requies elastic placed inside of it to anchor it to the head!

or….

In a nutshell, the Melli is very easy to make…just make a regular, plain chador like A, OK once its all done and pieced…then lay it as shown and cut into it to make sleeves…you’ll need to measure and be cautious when doing this! Make sure you cut out little gussets as they go under the arms…then piece the gussets and stitch up…voila…

C) Arab chador -aka…abaya ra’as…overhead abaya

D) Chador-e Qajari

And for those of you who enjoy a sewing challenge…try the Qajari style chador with mini sleeves, seen below! I cant even begin to fathom how to piece it, sorry! LOL

Have fun!

Colored modern chadors…

Now, I’m sure they arent really “mainstream” but Ive been seeing around online and even on Iranian TV shows that some women are now sporting muted, colored modern chadors. They are being favored for wearing around the house when guests come over and other than maybe a dark blue or dark brown, I highly doubt you’d see any light blue chador-e melli’s out and about, in the bazaar…but hey, who knows! I’ll let you know when we go next!

(Brown chador-e shalee)

 

(Various colored modern chadors...great for when the mehmoonha come over!)

 

(swishy...groegous drapes!)

 

p.s. because I know a well-meaning individual will ask…let me just say…no, i do not know who made these designs and no, I dont know how you can buy them…LOL…they are merely to show a new style in Iran right now.