There is something about a beautiful and comfortable prayer garment which helps to sooth and set your mind at ease while giving you focus towards your daily communication with the divine-salaat…namaz…prayer.
Ive always found the SouthEast Asian prayer garments to be the epitomie of beautiful prayer garments as most are made of a delicate white material with the most intricate lace and embroidery, they are always so long and flowy, enveloping the wearer and adding a touch of grace to ones movements.
In Malaysia and Singapore they are called Telekung while in Indonesia they are Mukena. They are basically a 2 piece prayer garment, a long khimaar and a long skirt, almost the same as what is popular in Jordan or Syria…but the similarities end there because honestly, ive always found the Syrian or Jordanian prayer garments to be very plain and basic-nothing wrong with that, per se…but the Telekung/Mukena are just extraordinarily beautiful.
Unfortunately its difficult to get them outside of the region, I know only a handful of places online which sell them and are either in the US or ship abroad.
Here are a few beautiful ones from Malaysia.
Siti Khadijah which is a strore in Malaysia has some *beautiful* and very high quality telekung along with other beautiful items and they ship abroad, although the site is in Bahasa Melayu, its possible to order.
There are also some beautiful ones out of Indonesia. It seems to me (just from general looking around) that Malaysians seem to favor the more traditional telekung designs of light colors and embroidery or lace work while the Indonesian Mukena designs look more colorful and “fun”. I also love their use of jersey material in some of their Mukena…
So now, who carries these? well…unless your going to Malaysia, Singapore or Indonesia they are quite difficult to get here in a western country. Al-Ikhlas which is a US based store carries fairly simple ones. There are stores in Malaysia and Indonesia which ship abroad such as that Siti Khadijah shop and there are several ebay stores in Malaysia and Singapore which carry the Malaysian style scarves and accessories such as Tudungku and ShafiqahMusa and who ship abroad and although they dont have telekung/mukena listed as items they carry, most likely inquiring about getting one via them would be fruitful.