Apparently satin overgarments is one trend that just refuses to die. LOL. Sure, its only really been a trend in the US/Western countries for a year or so now, but here in the Gulf it’s been around for at least 2-3 years (according to some Saudi women Ive asked) and it’s still going strong!
I’m pretty sure that when Satin or shiny silk overgarments hit the western market, only Eastern Vogue had them, it took quite awhile for them to trickle down and be more readily available. Now places like AlHannah and Sajeda have them. Its even possible now to buy a satin Turkish pardesu! Apparently in Iran satin is now popular as well, I wonder if I’ll see any satin chadors when I go in July…?
So here is a random sampling of some of the satin overgarments Ive seen…yes, these are pictures from my store…but just take a peep and tell me what you think about satin or shiny silk being used for overgarments and what about for overhead abayaat? I have mixed feeling about these sorts of overgarments…but…I’ll discuss that below.
First…for the super satin lovin’ niqabi…there are always niqabs with satin in the headband!
Next in the overgarment department…
A plethora of overheads in satin or shiny silk material;
Ive also seen the “hoodie” or Maghrebi overhead abaya in satin as well!!!
As far as shoulder abayaat go…they are also widely available in satin… Really anything goes!
So as you can see…satin is definetly going strong!
So now some thoughts of my own…I have a strong hunch that the popularity of satin or shiny silk as a material in all kinds of abayaat came from the preference by Bahraini women for their signature overhead abayaat to be made from shiny silk material. Silk is extremely sturdy and although expensive an overgarment made from it will last for years with little wear, unlike a crepe or other synthetic material. I’m not really sure as to how extensive the usage of silk for overheads is or was in the rest of the Gulf, but considering that I still see silk overheads on Bahraini women, I kind of think probably it was and maybe still is.
So now what about satin material and whether it’s hotter to wear than most varieties of crepe. I’ve been asked about this several times and really I don’t think an overgarment made from a higher quality satin is going to be much hotter to wear than a better quality crepe material would be. Now, obviously the uber cheapo overgarments made from material which resembles sheeting or something would be hot, but as far as the two satin overgarments I have goes…air does flow through them.
I do at times wonder…really…how modest overgarments are made in this material. Personally I remain a fan of crepe…not because I’m dull, but sometimes I think satin can be really bright and attract attention, which HERE, can throw off the wrong message. But you do see the extremely conservative Saudi women wearing satin overheads so I figure, if they are wearing them, then I guess they are OK. but, to me…I don’t know. I like the look of them in shoulder abayaat but have yet to get a satin overhead, because I dont know whether it’ll be too “badda bing, badda bling” sorta thing. Also, some of the satin overgarments tend to have a lot of extra designs and stuff on them, which I think can-at times-look a bit tacky. I think a plain bisht or a minimally decorated bisht in satin is really beautiful, but Ive seen some with just too much stuff and the look is really tacky. And, before I forget, if you are rather buxom or curvacious…Ive noticed that satin can accentuate these features, no matter how baggy the overgarment is!
Anyway, I’m wondering what you all think about the satin trend…?