The Difference Between Jilbab and Abaya

Both Abaya and Jilbab are clothing that Islamic women use as a form of protection. They also act as a sign of modesty. Many think that this clothing in the Islamic religion, culture and norms have to be worn. However, many women choose to wear them for their own belief in their religion and culture. They are worn by Muslim women as a symbol of modesty, privacy and morality.

Jilbab can be referred to as any loose outer garment the covers of women and conceals her body shape. The phrase of jilbab is found in the Quran meaning “the recitation” is the central religious text for Islam, which Muslims believe to be a revelation from god. There is no pictures of any Jilbabs from the 7th century so, it is not clear if the modern Jilbab is the same garment as referred to in the Qur’an. A Jilbab is a type of clothing that is very similar to an abaya. It is worn over regular everyday clothing and is quite loose. They are very similar to an abaya and is also described as a long rope. They can come in many different styles, may often contain embroidery of some sort, some Jilbabs come with no hood. Some come with buttons and zippers that are on the front were as others may be in the sawn up pattern, which are to be worn over the head.

In Indonesia, the Jilbab covers the head including the hairs and ears that is referred to as a headscarf. Some modern forms of Jilbab include the visor that aims to protect the face from the sun

The abaya is normally made up of a soft, flowing polyester fabrics. Traditional abaya are black and normally a long sleeve, floor length, and it’s either worn from the shoulder all the top of the head. Is designed to hide the curves of the body. It is often paired up with a Hijab or Niqab. Hijab is a scarf that covers the head. Even those been adopted in many parts of the world is most common in the Islamic cultures on the Arabian Peninsula.

Abaya is known by a range of different names but have the same purpose, which is to cover. Contemporary models are usually Kaftans, cut from light, flowing fabrics such as chiffon. Depending what region it is depends of the styles that are used some are black fabric which have embroidery and others might be bright coloured and some even have forms of artwork across them.

Both Jilbab and Abaya are very similar and can be both worn over clothing such as dresses or blouses that look at too tight to be worn in public. Jilbab and Ababa are designed so they can wear the clothing they want to but not go against their beliefs. Depending where they are around the world and the beliefs depends how it is worn and how much of the body is covered but still have the same purpose.