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Alhamdullah I’ve gotten a LOT of positive comments and feedback about this blog, subhanallah, I’m glad because I wanted this blog to be kind of education (but in a non-stodgy sort of way)
I wanted to mention something about the previous post relating to abayaah quality, I ended up contacting one of the abayaah producers whose abayaah I used in some of the pictures and explained my feelings about the poor quality of the item and gave them ideas about how to improve their quality, I was a bit worried they would be upset with me and respond in a negative manner, but, subhanallah they were very sweet and understood where I was coming from. They plan on upping the quality of the garments construction a bit more and are going to try to come out with a line of higher quality and yes more expensive abayaat. I for one, am eager for that line to come out! Their stuff is cute!
Anyway, in response to some questions in the comments section;
One sister asked about peachskin as a fabric and other reputable sources for abayaat other than Zahra’s and will I ever bring up Niqabs and niqab quality?
I really don’t know what much about peachskin honestly, I remember in the late 90’s early 2000’s many of the jilbabs I was able to find were in peachskin, I was never very fond of the fabric personally…I found it was kind of uncomfortable in hot weather, had a slightly odd sheen to it and was prone to static-cling. But, I reckon, like crepe there are different grades of peachskin, so maybe some are better quality than others. Does anyone know?
About other reputable companies…Another good one is Tahura and here in the US, Al-Mujalbaba in Queens NY makes great, high quality items and she’s been around since like 1997 or 1998 or so. I love her Sisters in the Hood Urban Attire line For custom made items…hmm, Tahura does some custom made, Zahra’s ofcourse will custom make anything you need and Eastern Vogue is custom made but they have a limited range of designs.
Most of the companies out there have decent garments but they arent top notch, very high quality because again, if they were the prices would be much higher.
Oh another is good ole’ Al-Hediya, she’s been around for ages! Unfortunately I’m not a huge fan of her gabardine fabric or some of her designs as most were popular when I first started to hijab in the late 90’s!! But for heavy wear, basic, everyday, non-fancy items her stuff is good. I do LOVE her overhead abayaat. One of which I’ve had for years and wear a lot in Iran.
About niqabs…hmm, probably not as I don’t wear them. En’shallah Umm Abdullah will make a post for this blog which explains Niqabs and Niqab quality.
Another sister mentioned something about Al-Laylat Couture.
I ended up recontacting the sister who runs this company and she said they are working on fixing up their web presence and are planning to make a less expensive line so their items are more accessible. We’ll see what happens!
Najea the sister who runs Hijabi Couture made a great comment about my post on Zahra’s and quality abayaat I wanted to share;
This is a beautiful spread. I absolutely love the pictures. You really made a great point about fabric quality too. Too many Western people don’t appreciate the benefit of paying for a higher quality fabric – that will last and won’t show wear – when they see a picture of a knock-off and think that the cheaper product is made of materials of equivalent value. When you buy a cheap fabric, it only lasts for a few wearings. The more expensive material endures and a good cut will never go out of style.
I love your new blog! Keep up the great work!
Fi Iman Ilah,
Hijabi Couture, CEO”
Thank You Najea!!!! Could’nt of said it better myself!