asalaamu alaikum wr wb sisters!
You all know I don’t really wear niqab…although I have worn it off and on over the past decade I do not consider myself a niqabi. But since I do have experience with niqab, I’m not too shabby at figuring out whats a decent, comfortable and BREATHABLE niqab and whats utter trash and not worth a penny!
NE way., I wanted to give a shout out to sister Ameera over in Ohio who has just started running a business brining authentic and high quality abayaat, niqabs and other items from Kuwait. The items she is selling is the stuff which Kuwaiti women wear, its not poor quality, excessively gaudy or made in poor fabrics for the export market, but real Kuwaiti attire. Much like when I lived in Saudi and ran Arabian Threads, I never sold the junk from the 5riyal shops or places geared towards foreigner workers…but the shops actual Saudi’s purchased from. Yes, you can tell the difference in quality and design!
Anyway, she sent me a very fabulous all cotton mesh, traditional Kuwaiti niqab. I tried it on a bit and walked around outside and felt the air flowing against my face.
In a nutshell…its a very good, traditional style, cotton niqab. The eyeveil panel is HUGE and frankly, if you removed the face covering part can easily be a boushiyyah/gatwa. The face cover is attached to the soft, wide headband with elastic (handy, I saw some niqabs in Saudi with that feature) and the face veil itself is 2 layers of cotton mesh. My glasses didnt fog up and the eye opening is quite ample and wide annnddd the ends of the niqab are rolled under and finished! MOst Saudi and Gulf everyday niqabs (Not from expensive boutiques) that I remember from Saudi do not have finished edges…only the expensive, boutique niqabs did, so this was a surprise to me.
Overall, if your in the market for an actual breathable, summer worthy niqab look her up!
Here are som e pictures I snapped of the niqab outside. This really reminds me of a very comfy gatwah I had which I had purchased in Bahrain but sadly…gave away before leaving 😦