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The Ultimate Guide To Headscarfs & Veils

Read the breakdown of the different types of veils and covering worn by Muslim women

Abaya

Abaya, Abb Collection
Abaya, Abb Collection

A garment which is worn as an outer coat similar to a thin robe. Traditionally worn in Saudi Arabia but popular throughout the Muslim world.

Burqa

Burqa, Zarinas
Burqa, Zarinas

The burqa is the full face covering which has a veil attached to cover the face. The wearer can see out of the mesh visor at the front, popular in Afghanistan

Chador

Chador, Zarinas
Chador, Zarinas

The chador is a garment worn over the head and shoulders and is clasped together either by the wearer's hands or by tucking it underneath one's arms. It is a popular choice for women of Iran.

Hijab

Hijab, Abb Collection
Hijab, Abb Collection

The hijab is the most popular choice it is a garment worn to cover the hair but leave the face viewable.

Jilbab

Jilbab, Almoultazimoun
Jilbab, Almoultazimoun

The jilbab is a full-length garment similar to the abaya but comes with  a head scarf, usually, it's one piece of clothing.

Niqab

Niqab, Zarinas
Niqab, Zarinas

A niqab is a head scarf and a face veil which covers the entire face apart from the eyes, it is traditionally worn with a Abaya.