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Under the Abaya
May 3, 2011
Join us as we profile young local women around Dubai and find out what their style looks like under their abaya
- Text by Holly Williams
The abaya is an intriguing garment which has roused a lot of interest over years; especially from the West. Are women forced to wear it? What do they wear under it? Why is it black? So little is known about this traditional dress and its history; and unfortunately a lot of the time is it misconstrued as a symbol of oppression. The fact is that ignorance produces fear – we need to be more open about what this national dress means and why women wear it; we need to lift the veil on the issue.
In most cases no element of the dress is forced upon women; especially in such an open-minded Muslim country as the UAE. A long time ago it was white and no-one really knows why it is black now. Most of the women that you meet love wearing the national dress and miss it when they are travelling; it is their uniform and their culture. And what do they wear under it?
How would you describe your style?
“I really love the 1970’s and that vintage, hippy, bohemian vibe”
Location: Nad Al Sheba, Dubai UAE
Shirt: American Apparel
Fur gilet: Vintage
Canvas birkin: Banane
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