The abaya is a long robe-like outer garment worn by the women in Middle East. The traditional abaya is black in color which is draped from the shoulders and covers the whole body except the face, feet and hands. Originating in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia, abaya is worn by most of the women in the Middle East region. In Iran, abaya is known as Chador and in South Asia it is called burqa. Some women also wear a face veil called niqab with abaya and some wear gloves so that their hands are also covered.
The design of abaya has remained same over the years but designers are now experimenting and giving modern make over to the traditional garment. Since abaya’s is a compulsory dress for outside visit, abaya fashion has changed over the years and now Muslim women pick their dresses that are stylish and modest.
Abaya’s worn for diiferent occasions are different. Abaya worn on daytime are more plain and simple, and the evening wear abaya’s are more stylish. Abaya’s are also mixed and color matched with hijabs by women for a more stylish look.
Latest trend that is seen in many Middle East countries is wearing chiffon kaftans over fashionable abaya’s. Also colored and embroidered abaya’s are becoming very popular with women in Jordan and other Middle East countries. In addition to this, there are designer abaya’s like the REDAA abaya’s. The designer abaya’s are made from expensive fabrics with designs that enhance the beauty of the weraer.
Eventhough wearing traditional Muslim clothing is essential, women pick up those dresses that are trendy and make them look beautiful.