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Ive been asked a few times about where to purchase the type of manteau or scarves that Iranian women wear. I felt I should finally do this post now that I have a precious weekend off between semesters!
In all honesty…if the Irani style of manteau (overcoat/jilbab) or scarves interest you…you need to look to TURKEY! Yup..because right now the majority of scarves or manteau sold in Iran are actually made in Turkey and are the styles sold IN Turkey. Like the Turkish silk squares or printed cotton scarves are extremely popular in Iran, particularly the Aker brand and many of the manteau shops are stocking manteau made in Turkey by Turkish companies! especially the half and 3-quarter styles called “kap” in Turkey! The last time I was there…oh 2 summers ago, the Turkish silk scarves were new to the scene and while previously most manteau I saw were made in Iran, suddenly it seemed as though almost every shop I went into was selling Turkish stuff. I guess it makes sense both due to ease of availability and cost. One downside though to the influx of Turkish produced scarves and manteau were the prices! I dont want to delve into anything major…but…I and many friends/relatives noticed that things were indeed much more expensive than in previous years!
As far as Irani styles go…you basically have the scarf with manteau or scarf with manteau and chador. If you have a chador on, it doesnt matter how short or tight or whatever your manteau is, especially if its opaque as it really would’nt be seen much anyway. But, for manteau the styles being sold were quite slender fitting with again, the Turkish style being the trendiest.
Now, I’m personally not a huge fan of the stereotypical Irani style (according to what many people assume IS the Irani style)…you know the scarf half off the head and a too tiny manteau…ofcourse you have to cover when there so they try to get around the rules as much as possible. But most women in Iran still cover properly especially the ones from traditional or religious backgrounds and their quintessential style is a knee length or longer looser fitting manteau with a scarf like a slip-over maghneh or a scarf pinned/knotted under the chin with or without a chador or overhead abaya. Many conservative and religious women dont wear chador but do dress very modestly and generally their style is like what the women below in the cream scarf is wearing.
For the manteau style…if your in the US or Canada a good place to try is E-Tesettur. I say that because the other online Turkey based shops which stock manteau sell them at like 2 or 3 times the price they are sold for IN Turkey! I know ordering from them (e-tesettur) can be frustrating as they are solely in Turkish, but seriously…open up Google translate and copy and paste your way to understanding. LOL.
Some of the styles from the summer lines are totally Irani style. Personally, I dislike excessively short manteau, especially over tight pants…for me, atleast 3-quarter length over baggy pants or max knee over a skirt is the minimum I would go for (unless I had a chador or overhead abaya on over it!), as it would fullfill what is required for an overgarment (bare minimum – according to most scholars).
I had one sister email me several months ago and say that yah the Turkish manteau are similar but still not the same as Irani manteau (we had gone back and forth about where to buy the Irani style of manteau online). Okay, I say yes and no to this. No in that, yes the Iranian MADE Manteau are made of a totally different polyester material from the Turkish made stuff, its like a thicker weight polyester with a slight give/stretch to it and the cuts tend to be very plain and straight, ditto for the designs, but no in that right now, even IN Iran those styles arent sold as much nowadays with most shops overwhelmingly and exclusively carrying Turkish scarves and manteau.
For the scarves…again, the closest you’ll get to what is sold in Iran is Turkish made scarves. Aker is the hottest thing since sliced bread as far as squares go and many of the lightweight cotton or voile squares are similar to what is sold in the hejab shops in Iran.
There many online shosp that sell Turkish scarves based in Turkey. US-based, Ive found some sellers on Ebay (type in Turkish Hijab) and you can purchase from them OR there is another store called Modefa which is based in Texas and carries some gorgeous Turkish hijabs.
Onto some manteau designs which I think are quite Irani looking. You can get them from E-Tesettur at good prices which are on par with whats sold in Turkey or from other shops in English for double/triple Turkish prices. LOL *wink*
**please note, I made this post to assist some sisters who had contacted me about finding authentic Irani style manteau or scarves…I personally prefer garments which are longer (as mentioned above) so this post is more to assist those who wish to know here to get the Irani style manteau and scarfes.