I am really adoring the latest abayah designs coming out of SunnahStyle. I’m a fan of the butterfly style anyway and as far as i have been able to find out they are the only North American store online that stocks the farasha and the bisht designs.
Here are their latest abayah designs…
Ive purchased from them several times and overall was pretty satisfied with the purchases. Their customer service is really great and although they are in Canada they ship fast and here in the eastern half of the USA I got my items within about 5 working days. The first item I ordered from them was one of their half sleeved farasha’s…I purchased it late last winter and although the design was cute I do admit I was a bit miffed about the quality. Yes for the price it was good but not *as good* as I would have hoped (i’m picky). I emailed them about this and they were very kind about it and said they were working on improving fabric quality and garment construction.
I then purchased the silver sands bisht below at a later date (mid-spring) and a niqab with a larger eye opening for use in Saudi Arabia and I have to admit that the quality of their new items was improved and they told me that are continually working on improving the quality.
The bisht is a really cute style…I still prefer the farasha though as it has a bit more of a defined shape and is also a bit easier to handle while the bisht is huge…simply huge. I did end up stitching 2 small side seams inside the bisht from about bust to navel just to make the abayah a bit easier to handle. O fcourse when it comes to coverage the bisht can’t be beat. Just know it’s a lot of fabric to handle.
I also got this niqab…just a plain and simple One Piece Tie-Back Niqab. No eye veils or anything…I inquired with them which would be the most comfortable to wear with glasses and for a sister that is new to wearing Niqab and they suggested this style.
They also told me about this new kind of niqab they designed with a wider eye opening,called the “No-Pinch” which is supposed to be even more comfortable for those who wear glasses, have wide faces (and wide set eyes) or just find normal niqab eye openings not comfortable enough. These only just came out or else I would have purchased one of these as well.
They are also pretty innovative with styles…they have this neat niqab which mimics the popular khaleeji shaylah draped-over head style with niqab. Instead of the extra fabric and bulk the top eye veil is actually really long and is cut on a curve so the wearer brings it up and lays it over the head in the shaylah style. I really think it’s so gorgeous…I wonder though whether the style is comfortable to wear and whether there arent problems with the fabric sliding around or off your head when walking…anyone know?
So because I’m still in the States, I havent really worn the niqab I got off of them yet…I’m not a niqabi, but I needed something to take with me to Saudi as I am definetly wearing niqab there so I guess once I start wearing it I should be able to rate it better. Sofar though it seems like a good niqab. I really dislike niqabs with cotton backings as the fibers can get in your mouth (I wore niqab briefly before 9/11 and so remember the cotton backed ones best) and I am not a huge fan of some of the fabrics used for niqabs…like some are even available in cotton jersey! The trend also used to be for the headband niqabs to have a very stiff wide headband…those were hot and could be uncomfortable to wear as the headband would stick up really high, giving you a darth vader sort of look plus all the stiffening really served no purpose. This niqab has a narrower headband and there is no stiffening in it, the crepe used is very light and sofar feels very breathable.
Update…so, one of the sisters who runs SS saw this post and mentioned something about the butterfly style niqabs to me in an e-mail.
“You asked in your post whether the butterfly style is comfortable to wear and whether the flip layer moves around. In response, yes the style is comfortable to wear and like all of our niqabs it is without the cotton lining and stiffened headband. The flip layer will be blown back if there is a breeze or if you are walking so it does need to be pinned. One stick pin on the top of the head or two on either side keeps it in place very well. A number of customers have asked how to wear this style so we are planning to add a tutorial for it to our blog soon inshaa’Allaah.”
Jazakhallakhair sis Ruqayyah!