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In Jordan, hijabs inspire style

I love the pictures of this twisted-bun hijab style, taken from (a rather stupidly written) article about hijab in Jordan. To get this look, first slip on a plain Al-Amirah. Then place the shayla one end shorter than the other, and use a straight pin to secure at the sides of the face (as in picture 2). Then take the short end and use it cover your bun and tie it around it. Then take the long end and twist it before coiling it around your bun, and secure the ends with a pin:

February 29, 2008

Lisa Napoli: Next week, Marketplace Morning Report will be broadcasting from Cairo, Egypt. It's part of our special coverage of economic issues in the Middle East. Today, a preview. A story about one of the most iconic images of the Middle East: the head scarf.

In recent years, the head scarf has been a flash point the world over. Marketplace's Alisa Roth says in Jordan, some women who wear it say it's more about fashion than religion.

Alisa Roth: Standing in a shop window, Lowei is carefully wrapping a mannequin in a head scarf. As a man, he's not allowed to put the scarf directly on a real woman. He says there are a lot more hijab -- or head scarf -- stores than there used to be in Jordan. Not necessarily because people are more religious, he says, but because it's the style.

That style is good for business: headscarves have to keep up with clothes fashion, Lowei explains. So if purple is the "it" color for sweaters or shirts, it'll be big for hijab, too.
But there are more variations with headscarves, from the kind of fabric to the way it's wrapped around the head.

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