So, maybe its because I lived in Saudi and was involved in “da biz” and so have some clue as to how much garments produced in Saudi actually cost (along with the other Gulf countries)…but really, I admit to being no huge fan of the Saudi based Desert Store. Yes I did order from them once before -actually just a few months before we moved to Saudi and yes I was mildly pleased with the abaya but it had a few problems…mainly the sleeves were incredibly long as the way they produce them, they just make a one size per length, so I ordered a 58inch abaya and apparently they must think women who wear a 58inch abaya must be like 6ft or something because the sleeves were sooo long I had to tuck them under and stitch shut. The material was “eh” and the contruction was “eh”. Pretty regular, bland…definetly low end on the Saudi scale, like the sort produced for low wage workers. I did like how lightweight it felt and it was sort of A-line and otherwise fit modestly.
So, anyway…imagine my amusement when I saw the prices they have on their colored jilbabs…
I do HOPE they are not serious!!!
$120 for a cotton-blend, everyday jilbab!!!!!!!!!
Again, as someone who has been over there and shopped for a living *subhanallah!! every girls dream!!* The ONLY jilbabs which generally cost 400-500-600sr…like over $100US were imported, AUTHENTIC Turkish Pardesu…and like the high quality, branded kind…like Kayra, Tekbir, Esre…OK. I should know, I own one and I petted several others. They are sold in Mall botiques and general “western hejabi” style shops which cater to Saudi women going abroad. Now I can fathom a high quality Turkish jilbab being sold for a hundred and over because even in Turkey they are very expensive. Heck even a good Jordanian jilbab is almost a hundred a pop!
BUT…a cotton blend jilbab?
Thats a joke…
Even if say you dont want to wear a Turkish jilbab but say like many Saudi women who go abroad go and get colored abayaat made…wallahi…they only cost around $50 to maybe *max* $100 if you buy very lux material and have it specially made in a expensive Mall boutique! But like me, when I had some colored abayaat made I bought decent 4 meters of material…cost me around $30-ish and then another $20 for the tailoring for a SIMPLE abaya! A Mall boutique shop one will run between $75 up to around $100 depending on the material, the cut and ofcourse the store!!!
So really…is charging $120 for a very plain, very everyday COTTON BLEND jilbab right??? Or how about the other one with its machine embroidery and similar material!
Seriously…its kind of a joke and really reflects badly on the company and I guess their view of the Muslims buying their jilbabs! Now, the abayaat they have, the prices listed as pretty similar-ish to what the everyday abaya shops price their garments at…although they are still a wee touch on the high side.
Anyway, Allahu Alim…I personally think its in poor judgement to rip people off, especially other Muslims if your a Muslim. En’shallah they will rectify their pricing issues and bring the prices to be more in line with what is normal both in Saudi and abroad.