Story of Kuwaiti Hijab
I remember Kuwaiti women wore black hijabs (the ones with black abayas) in the late nineties. The fabrics mainly contained crepon in these times. I was always wondering why not coloured hijabs?!
It was hard for me to match black with every outfit. First I started to try dark blue hijab and then I matched brown hijab with some other outfits. - I loved it!
After some time, I had the idea to design hijab in the same colour and fabric of skirts or trousers that I tailored. I always got compliments on my hijab collection.
By the beginning of 2000, the interest to coloured scarves began to show among young kuwaiti women and the idea of wearing an underscarf or a cap under the chiffon or crepon hijabs became more desirable. This style was adopted from our beautiful Egyptian ladies who that time lived in Kuwait and a little bit fashioned up the Kuwaiti standards.
I was one of the firsts to try this style out in Kuwait and it looked very elegant, especially when the underscarf was in the same colour as the hijab.
The Rise of the Swarovski Crystal Hijab
One or two years later the fashion of Swarovski Crystals came up on T-shirts, jackets, trousers and in Kuwait of course on hijabs.
The corner of the hijab was decorated by a beautiful signature made of brightly shinning Swarovski crystals in different colours like white, smokey or rainbow. This lovely shining look of luxury hijabs became more dramatic and whole edges of the scarf made with one or two lines of crystals.
Many different patterns came up like zig zags, squares and waves. Beads and Pearls used in addition to Swarovski Crystals to create even more luxurious patterns.
After some time instead of bringing crystals and beads in a line, another hijab style was in fashion, focusing all crystals in a rectangle shape on top of the head.
Around 2006, a new trend rised which was stitching cute and beautiful patterns of flowers and leaves on the hijab.
Even simple crochet patterns were introduced either by hand or machines.
I was so amazed by this crochet style, so that I made my own line of hand made crocheted hijabs and sold them in exhibitions for a year or more.
I also loved lace hijabs that came fully in lace or a ribbon of lace was fixed to one or two sides of a hijab.
By that time double face hijabs were also worn which you could wear on both side like black and the other side white. They Came in very light chiffons and silks
2010 was about simplicity for hijabs. Rolls of simple beads or accessories where either glued or stitched to the edges of the hijabs. These hijab designs had more reasonable prices.
The year of the big change in 2012 when the well known Kuwaiti Double Stretch Cotton a.k.a. Jersey Hijab were introduced and finally made everything easy on women. The jersey was either plain or decorated with beads, pearls or lace.
We felt more comfortable and practical in this hijab style.
Later another very clever and stylish hijab came into fashion, where different colours mixed up gradually together in one scarf. These were the ombre hijabs, first in silky fabrics and then in jersey.
Double Stretch Cotton or Shimmery Jersey Hijab became the leading fabric in hijab fashion in 2013 and it is still highly used until today.
Kuwaiti women has preferred stretchy and light fabrics in the last three years. There was a wide variety of hijab fabrics like double stretch cotton, shash, khesha, cashmere, kleenex cotton and stretchy full lace.
Nowadays in 2018, we are using all of these beautiful styles with pearls, crystals and beads. The patterns became more simple in means of decoration dispersed on the hijab which could be on any of the mentioned materials.