I’ve been meaning to share some pictures of the new chador crepe fabrics the hubby and I purchased during our recent trip to Medinah!
You might be surprised to find out that Medinah is sorta like a “hub” for chador fabrics! Yah, seriously! neither dh nor I were entirely aware of this, although it’s well known (and we knew) that anytime you go for Omrah and hence go to Medinah it would be scandelous not to come back with a couple dozen meters of fabric (for chadors) as gifts for every female relative in the entire family. Its quite the long standing tradition and indeed a popular wedding gift for the new, young bride (and her immediate female relatives) is fabrics suitable for house chadors purchased in Medinah!
Hence, when we went we decided that the best gift we could get, would be…yes, you guess it…loads and loads of fabric! LOL.
We ended up purchasing enough fabrics for 17 chadors! Yeah, thats like 76 meters of material! hah.
Okay so, we got 5 different fabrics as not everyone likes the same stuff. We got a little bit of the everyday, printed, floral, cotton blend material for the older women in the family who are anti-black colors (old school types), then we got some really beautiful Japanese crepe with lovely gold swishy designs which neither dh nor I have ever seen before but fell immediately in love with upon seeing it for the women who do wear black but are anti-ALL black color (semi-old school types)-I really MUST take a picture of that material. Its gorgeous!
Then for us younger gals…black crepe but the trendy sort which is like burn-away velvet! Me, my SIL (my age) and another female relative got the almost sheer kind while 2 other women who are much more conservative got the more opaque kind.
Funnily enough, dh did NOT believe me at first when I got him the semi-sheer, burn-away crepe was uberly trendy. Being a typical man, he tends to NOT pay attention to trends when it comes to overgarments and so the fact that most women clamour over a chador made in such material entirely escaped his notice…that is, UNTIL, being the typical husband that he is, he called up his brother and made sure that sure crepe was indeed “cool”. LOL
It’s lovely material isnt it…the fact that its semi-sheer doesn’t really matter as you wear it over a knee or calf length (in my case) manteau, jeans and a big maghneh or shaylah anyway.
and…this is the more opaque burn-away type of crepe. I think its lovely too, but I chose the semi-sheer one for myself.
One perk to buying all the fabrics in Medinah is that the prices are actually really, really cheap. The same sort of semi-sheer, burn-away crepe is normally like triple the price we payed! Yah, the crepes used for chadors tend to be quite expensive, which is why most women only own 1 chador at a time and why the newer chador-e melli which is similar to a overhead abaya is so popular as they come ready made and are a lot cheaper than if you have to buy the crepe and then make the traditional chador.