I wanted to share with you all my new winter-weight El Bassira jelbab, fresh in from France. I got it from a French muslimah who vends jelbabs from her home. It was quite inexpensive and she sent it via economy post so all together it was an incredible bargain…it DID take 2 months to get to me though. LOL. I still can’t quite understand why French post is incredibly slow. I donno…
Anyway, it wont really be suitable for the warmer weather as its made of a very thick and weighty peachskin with a slight sheen to it, but for the cool temps and wet weather we are having its indeed quite perfect. In comparison the one I had gotten previously made out of crepe caviary is feather light and matte. The caviary is indeed more all weather-leaning towards being best for warmer temps.
The winter-weight one for some reason does hang better on me and doesnt look quite as baggy as the Caviary one…I assume this is due to two reasons…first this new one is in a size 2 which fits me perfectly, proper length and all and its heavier so the hang is better, whereas the caviary one is a size 3 and I had to hem it as it is…so its indeed baggier.
Onwards to a few pictures…outside was grey, cold and rainy so I just took a few sitting in my husbands office.
and some random French sisters in jelbab pictures…
One reason why I really like this style is that other than the design being extremely comfortable and easy to wear but I view it as sort of an indigenous western-style of overhead overgarment., Granted I know it originated in Algeria but given how popular they are in Europe, esp in France amongst all Muslim women (not just those of Maghrebi background) and given the cuts, designs and wide variety of colors that they come in I do sort of feel they are quite ideal for western sisters and even those who dont feel comfortable in a Gulf or Iranian overhead or maybe feel they are too “foreign” or “dramatic” would find these quite subtle and appropriate and they can be “worked” with in ways which more traditional overheads can not be….they are easy to layer and you can get funky with underscarves and even other embellishments should you choose.
Other than Nabira.com…you can get these are Bismillah Boutique along with many, many other shops based in France and from sisters who vend at home…the only real problem is the cost of shipping, but if it’ll be worn, then it’s worth it-I think.