Growing up in the Middle East of Indian origin, my hijabs have always been either Khaleeji Shaylas/Shawls or Indian Pashmina shawls. So imagine my excitement when I get to try two very different hijabs. (Yes, I am a hijab-hoarder-who-hoards-hijab-of-every-colour-but-wears-only- the-regular-few?)
Hidden Pearls contacted me a couple of months back about a collaboration project and review of their products. This review has been at least 2 months in the making but with a long India trip, it got delayed. But then, better late than never.
The hijab is a very personal subject to me. I have worn it since I was 11 or 12 and it is like second-skin to me. It is an act of servitude to My Lord, The Most-High. His commandment in His Book states the believing women to cover and hence I cover. Period! I have already written earlier about what it means to me. And I once again reiterate what I wrote before – At the end of the day, my first intention is to come closer to my God. My hijab is just another way to it.
For any person who wears the hijab, they would have very specific personal criteria. Mine has changed a lot after becoming a mom. Here are a few.
My criteria while choosing a hijab (especially as a mom!) are:
1) Should not be transparent.
2) Should stay as draped and not fly away with the slightest wind.
3) Should be breathable, airy and fit for the Doha heat.
4) Should be long and wide enough for extensive hair and chest coverage.
5)Should not get damaged/snagged due to the use of hijab pins.
6) Should be able to withstand toddler-pull-power! ( Yes, It is my latest criteria :D)
7) Should be a shade which camouflages chocolate/sweets/snacks stains.
8) Should be able to drape with the least number of hijab pins since toddler’s current favourite toy is the pin.
9) Should not have sequins/other heavy work etc which can be easily pulled by the toddler or poke the toddler. ?
I was sent 2 hijabs by the Hidden Pearls team. One was a pure Chiffon Hijab in an elegant peacock green/forest green colour. Not only is the colour very enticing, it does go with a lot of my green+gold Indian outfits! I was worried if it could be draped properly or not. Surprisingly not only does it drape well, it also stays as is with the help of Hijab pins.
…and guess what? It matches perfectly with my Soul Slings day bag which I bought solely for the print since it was a collaboration print with Smartbottoms. Simple pleasures! 😀 (You cloth diapering addicts would understand what I just wrote!)
The second one I received was the Pearl and Lace Hijab in a brown/beige shade. The material is very long and big, made of cotton. It is good for extensive coverage and styling for a wedding or a party. The pearl and lace give it an elegant look and an excellent finish to a party-wear. The only thing I found unappealing in the hijab is the end of the lace which is not hemmed properly.
It is not often we find hijabs that are more on the fancy side but still simple enough that we can wear for a formal function. I am not a fan of hijabs that have extensive embroidery work, beads or sequins. I prefer simple colours with a small but attractive design. This hijab is soon becoming my favourite of the lot.