Abaya

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All male Muslim clerics in Iran wear the abayas.

The Abaya is an overgarment worn by some women in Muslim cultures. It is the traditional form of hijab, or Islamic modest dress, for many countries of the Arabian peninsula. It is sometimes adopted in other parts of Islamic world. Traditional Abayas are black, and may be either a large square of fabric draped from the shoulders or head, or a long black caftan. The Abaya should cover the whole body save face, feet, and hands. It can be worn with the niqab, a face veil covering all but the eyes.

Saudi Arabia requires women to wear Abaya in public; the niqab is optional. Abaya-wearing is enforced by the religious police, the mutaween.

Online store of photos of abayas Al Muhajabat Abayas

Contemporary Abaya are usually caftans, cut from light, flowing fabrics like crape, georgette, and chiffon. They are now made in colors other than black.

In Iran the Abaya is often referred to as an "Arab chador".


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fr:Abaya pl:Aba (chustka)

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