Hejabi clothing exhibition and new modern chador style

bismillah ir rahman ir raheem

Every season there are these hejabi clothing exhibitions that go on in major cities across Iran…like Tehran, Esfahan, Shiraz etc here all the “latest” chador, manteau and scarf styles are put on exhibition, new styles are unveiled and stores come and vend, giving women from smaller cities and provincial towns the opportunity to buy designs which may otherwise be difficult to get unless you live in Tehran and know where to go!

There was one recently and along with the exhibit there was a new modern chador style which was unveiled called chador-e mantoo which is basically a hybrid modern chador with a manteau style so it gets away from the need for wearing a manteau under ones chador. Ofcourse there are right now on the market atleast half a dozen modern chador styles which considered all-in-one pieces, some even include an attached maghneh (scarf) too…so this is just 1 of many styles…but from what I see it does look rather fluid and different…ofcourse it will take a few years before this style is readily available to most, much like it took a few years for the ubiquitous chador-e melli to trickle down to the masses.

Here are some pictures from the exhibition and below them the new chador style pictures.

 

 

Chadors for Umrah/Hajja

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now pictures of this new style of chador w/ attached manteau.

Okay sooo…its a bit hard to see…but maybe you will get the jist of it, its based off the now popular “chador-e qajari” style which is a chador style which is based off of what women during the Qajar (ghajar) dynasty wore.

Its the grey one below…which is leaning “out” from the rest…

 

Yes, I do remain a bit confused as to how exactly the chador-e mantoo truely looks and how its worn…but its a new style never the less…

…the girl in the colored chador…

bismillah ir rahman ir raheem

Those of you who have read my blog for a long time may remember how about 1-2 years ago I posted a picture about a Irani TV presenter who had on a yellow scarf with a brown chador-e melli and how it was kind of making people raise their eyebrows…because the chador was colored and it was on TV and out in public.

anyway…some cultural background so you understand why this is a bit surprising…currently black for chadors outside is the norm, the colors and prints are reserved for at home…although slowly, slowly, darker tones are becoming a bit more “acceptable” by some…its still far from the norm and many may consider it immodest…right now only really elderly women from small towns and villages go out, in public with a colored/printed chador as they still consider black as a color solely reserved for funerals…which was the norm in Persian society up until a few decades ago where few women unless attending a funeral would go outside in a black chador.

Hence…her wearing colored chadors in public, on TV is rather eyebrow raising.
Anyway, her name is Azadeh Namdari and she presents a TV variety show on Irani TV.

Not only is she known for her slightly OTT colored chadors but also for wearing very bright, colorful contrasting scarves with her black chadors as well. Her style is rather unique and different from what you see most Irani TV presenters wearing…all of whom tend to favor darker colored scarves with their chadors or if they just wear manteau and no chador, they favor more muted tones. Personally I really like her muhajabaah style!

What do you think?

grey…

brown…


Navy…

Black with colorful scarves…

“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!