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I always chuckle when I read or hear people speculating how women who wear niqaab are able to eat while wearing it-or watch the multiple mocking videos showing women with niqab attempting to eat spaghetti! Granted it does take practice but it can be done and I know several niqabis who will nosh on fries or an ice cream cone alike while out and about in niqab. All it takes is skill…and know-how.
I always found that the niqabs which easily flip up over the head-like the Gulf or Egyptian style headband niqabs are the easiest to eat in, as they provide more room whereas the half niqabs hang much closer to the mouth…you fill in the details of that one.
Granted I have only worn niqab occasionally over the past decade or so, so I am no expert, but I did wear niqab for 4 months in Saudi and for about 2 years off and on before getting married, so I do have a bit of experience with niqab noshing skills.
In Saudi its really not a huge concern as most restaurants and coffee shops and malls have separate seating facilities for the genders or family groups and even a mall food court will have a special womans only enclosed eating area where you can take off your niqab and even abaya to dine in peace.
I’d like to hear from some of my niqabi readers how they handle hunger pangs when out and about in niqab, what styles of niqab they find easiest to eat in and what foods they are able to eat easily and ones they arent able to eat…as easily in, with niqab.
Which leads me too…a sister here on the east coast (I reckon either NY or Philly…probably Philly) has developed a niqab with a zipper down the front with snaps at the bottom edge. She calls it the ZipNiqab. Its supposed to make noshing in niqab a lot easier and hands-free. Granted, I can see where she is coming from…although I know some sisters are so ingrained with the lift niqab up *just enough* or sit facing away from people or even wearing a niqab which snaps on one side. I think her idea is rather ingenious and I give her props for trying to develop a more hands-free design. I don’t know how comfortable the zipper may be against the face or whether it will expose too much of the face, but, we all have different levels of comfort with such things…
The sister is on Facebook (search for ZipNiqab) and on Tumblr and Flickr, so you can contact her there.
Also, I looked quite extensively to find out whether those “eating niqabs” were still available. I remember a few years ago some sisters in Philly developed a type of headband niqab with a snap on the side where you would unsnap one side and hold it as a screen when out. I was unable to find out if they are still sold…if anyone knows, please let me know, as I’d like to put that info up here as well as the niqab posts on this blog do get a *LOT* of traffic, mash’Allah