A Brief History of the Abaya

While the exact origins of the abaya are vague, this long, black garment is thought to have been worn as long as 4,000 years ago in Ancient Mesopotamia. During these times, the abaya was a luxurious item, only worn by women from wealthy and noble families. A beautiful and modest piece of clothing that fits the Islamic dress code, it has become both a religious and cultural symbol for many Muslimahs.

A symbol of respect and dignity, the abaya creates a modest and stylist look, as well as a sense of equality among women. With unique embroidered details, beading and draping each Muslimah can make this timeless piece her own.

Whether you are looking for a simple, daytime piece or a detailed or one for an evening out, Amanis has a wide variety of styles for you to choose from. Add a touch of style to your everyday wardrobe with the Black Jawl Abaya. A plain black abaya with a round neck, the black rhinestone details on the cuffs of the sleeves add a unique and graceful touch.

black abaya with rose detailsElegantly designed with a boat neck and pleated waistline, ruffled black roses make the Black Zahirah Abaya perfect for formal events. Looking to add a pop of color to your wardrobe? Consider the Nashita Abaya with its golden sleeves or the Black Ariana Abaya with fuchsia and lime green detailing.

Review our sizing chart and place your order online at Amanis. For individuals in the East London area, stop by our sister shop, Fareeha’s Boutique, at 386-388 Harold Road.

Sources: http://anrabbayah.weebly.com/the-history-of-abaya.html

http://www.thegazelle.org/issue/16/features/abaya/