Although I always wear your standard, run of the mill niqab when I’m out and about here, I do sometimes like to switch it up and wear my shaylah as a “boushiyyah” (which is when you flip it up and it covers your face, similar to what Emirati’s do, only in reverse, scroll down and you’ll see my little tutorial on how to achieve this style) and I’ve never had a problem wearing my shaylah like this, I can see through the crepe easily and it’s a very easy and covering style.
So I figured I’d try to wear one of my 2 piece niqabs as a tied on boushiyyah while I grocery shopped. I had several reasons for doing this…one, the extra modesty, I kind of like it when the guys here can’t see my eyes because so many of them just don’t have hayaah and they *will* stare a niqabi down, even one with a child by her side!!! Two…just to see how it would go and three…sometimes the regular niqabs give me a headache because you have to tie them snug so they don’t slide down, so sometimes I like wearing my shaylah up as a boushiyyah.
I wore the niqab backwards where the eyeveil was down over my face like the tie-on boushiyyah and the part that would normally go over the face was worn up over the head. You really couldnt tell it was a 2-piece niqab.
I didn’t think the boushiyyah style would pose a shopping problem, they are easy to push up so you can see items in detail and many Saudi women do grocery shop or shop with their shaylah flipped up, covering the face or with their eye veils worn down. All went pretty OK, only problem was I guess the eyeveil on the 2 piece niqab I used wasnt sheer enough as I had a bit of trouble seeing clearly and my face got really sweaty.I had to keep lifting the bottom edge up to look at items. After about 45minutes I got a raging headache because I just could not see clearly enough and my eyes were starting to hurt, I ended up switching the niqab around in a corner.
I think I need to try to find a cotton tie-on boushiyyah, because those are definetly a lot easier to see through. Cotton mesh is easier to see through, in general anyway.
Unfortunately, to day I havent been able to find any. Ive gone into shops and asked about whether they have boushiyyah/gashwah and everyone says “nope” and Ive looked around and noone seems to be wearing them either. So…hmmm. I think a black cotton shaylah would be a good stand-in, but unfortunately I havent found any of those either! Maybe the cotton boushiyyahs arent a Saudi thing, I know Alhediya and DesertBoutiaque (both Kuwaiti based) sell them and I believe Aalia in UAE uses them as well.
I might just stick to doing the shaylah worn up as a boushiyyah style for the time being while I continue my hunt for a comfortable tie-on cotton boushiyyah. If anyone in the EP knows where I can get one, please let me know!
**Update, I found and purchased a Saudi style boushiyyah…woohooo!**