Islamic faiths first emerged sometime around the 6th century in Mecca and Medina. Followers of Islam, amongst their many practices and beliefs, observe strict rules of modesty for women. At a minimum this is to ensure that the top of their heads and chest area is covered. They believe that women should keep themselves covered to avoid being harassed or recognised. Suitable clothing to protect their modesty should be worn at all in times in public so that only their husbands, or other male members of their families such as uncles, fathers, grandfathers, nephews or cousins can see their beauty. This practice is still upheld in modern times, with traditional garments now coming in a range of fashion designs and patterns.


Whatever the level of coverage desired there is a specific garment and name. For example; the Hijab is just a straight-forward veil to be draped over the head and chest, which is then fastened to the hair and body with some kind of pin or grip; the Niqab is a veil which is placed over the nose and mouth to conceal the lower half of the face in combination with the Hijab, only the women’s upper face, i.e. eye area is revealed; the Khimar is a cape like veil which is loose-fitting and flowing and drapes over the women’s head and shoulders to conceal their upper body but not their face giving similar coverage to a Hijab. The terms Hijab, Niqab and Khimar, as well as referring to a particular type of garment, are also used as verbs to describe the action of covering up.


Another type of garment is the Burqa which is an all in one cover up. This covers the entire head, face and body, being placed over the head and drapes down to the ground for 100% modesty. There is only a small mesh window which allows the wearer to see out whilst still obscuring their eyes from onlookers. As an alternative to an all in one piece, a combination of a head veil and a Jilbab can be worn. A Jilbab being a loose overgarment or coat which is worn to cover the arms, torso and legs. Together these can completely enclose the wearers head, body and as much or as little of their face as they wish for compliance with Islamic standards.


Misk of Jannah is a purveyor of Khimar Sets and the other accessories for Muslim women such as their rainbow Quran. Their Khimar Sets are made from high quality fabrics which are resistant to cold and heat, wrinkle-free and comfortable to wear. They are supplied with a Jilbab, which can be either cut with pant legs or as a skirt, a Khimar style head covering, which has been designed with anti-slip material so that it can be positioned to provide coverage equivalent of either the Hijab, Niqab or even Burqa. You may also choose to add a pair of long sleeved gloves to your Khimar set for complete and total coverage.