Anytime I see a standard Al-Ameera khimaar scarf three thoughts/musings pop in my brain, 1) being 18 and trying to buy my first real hejab (and not one that someone gifted me) and going into a Middle Eastern store and just seeing those black or white Syrian made (at the time) Al-Ameera scarves with the lace on the edgings. 2) How some women’s heads look like eggs in Al-Ameera scarves (yes, I said it, bad me!!!) and 3) Those *would* be comfortable but eegads…I can’t cover my chin in one and I -always-cover my chin as in my madhab the chin is not a part of your face and hence awrah (actually this is the case in 2 Sunni madhabs and the Shia Jafari madhab), so to go out without something coverng my chin, creeps me out. LOL
BUT…then I went on Omrah while in Saudi and I kept seeing these Syrian pilgrims in what looked like a cross between a jersey Ameera khimaar and the old-school Iranian maghnehs with the chin covers/forhead covers-like the style you almost never see even in Iran anymore and I thought to myself…wow…I sooo want one of those!! Talk about comfort!
I looked in vain for awhile but have started to slowly see this style pop up here and there on a few online USA-based Islamic clothing stores. Only downer-to me-is that they are usually shown with the chin-cover pushed up as a type of Niqab. I dunno about you, but to me, wearing the chin cover up as a niqab looks a wee tad strange and I’d think would be suffocating-but to each her own. Maybe they were originally developed in Syria to be worn either-or, I dunno. But, anyway.
Al-Hannah has them…both shorter and longer styles. These ones are I believe made in Pakistan and on the site are called Iranian full coverage hijabs.
Al-Mujalbaba has them and they has them and they are called 3-way lycra khimaars.
…and alhamdullah a sister who vends at the masjid I usually go to with my family has them in stock too and they are the 100% authentic ones from Syria and all and come in a longer length-like to the elbows. Ofcourse I got a few from her as they looked and actually do feel soooo comfortable!
So now I have a colored one and then a white one which will be good for clinicals during Nursing School. These ones -true to form – do have elastic for behind the head so they dont slide around, I dunno about the other ones mentioned above. I hope to someday see these in patterns too. hehehehe
What do you think of this al-ameera hejab style?