In honour of World Hijab Day on February 1st, we picked out the coolest local and international labels with unique head scarves
Know this: the 1st of February is World Hijab Day. Whether you’re Muslim or not, it’s a big deal in various countries worldwide, as women stand together against the discrimination and stigma faced against hijabis. To show our support for our hijab-wearing friends and family, we’ve picked out our favourite (and absolutely unique) local and international brands which offer scarves in the coolest prints and designs to up your modest wear game. We promise you won’t find these anywhere else.
Smitten by Pattern
If you’re looking for simple scarves in neutral hues, Smitten by Pattern is not for you. The Indonesian-based brand does some of the boldest scarves we’ve seen around – stripes, for instance, are interspersed with zig-zag lines and polka dots in an array of clashing colours. We even spotted ones imprinted with the great Frida Kahlo’s face! Scarf sizes range from 60cm by 60cm to 180 by 70 cm, so you can style them in a variety of ways. Best of all, they’re incredibly lightweight – perfect to weather the Singapore sun.
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Haute Hijab may be based in the United States but the goal is the same for modern Muslim women all over the world: to elevate the experience of wearing the hijab. The luxury line is what’s got us swooning; made from exquisite pure silk, tulle and lace, the five-piece line includes one studded with custom-designed crystals, an Art-Deco inspired cream crepe chiffon number with a caplette decorated with gold beads, and an ebony lace confection draped in tulle, and decorated with organza flowers.
Shop Haute Hijab online, international shipping rates are calculated based on courier fees.
Best for hijabis who rock turbans, Olive Ankara pays homage to traditional African headwraps. Measuring 22 by 72 inches, these handmade scarfs are large enough to be worn in different ways, and offer more coverage. Bonus: The brand abides by a strict #zerowaste philosophy, where any spare fabric is upcycled and used to make other items.
Shop Olive Ankara online
Bimba y Lola
Our hijabi friends swear by Bimba y Lola for their scarves, and for good reason. The Spanish label’s scarves are seriously covet-worthy, as they’re all about eye-popping colours and prints. Our favourites are the tropical ones with the exuberant pastel leaves, and dizzying kaleidoscope prints. The only downside? They’re only available in square styles.
Bimba y Lola, Locations including ION Orchard, VivoCity and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Combine your love for modestwear with local pride with Binary Style: a homegrown label which pays tribute to Singapore’s heritage and culture with its scarves. The prints are incredibly unique – take the one inspired by Little India. Reflecting the district’s rich atmosphere, it features a sumptuous palette of deep purples and greens, fortune-telling parrots, peacock feathers, and the precinct’s famed windows. Other prints include the edgy Haji Lane scarf with bright colours and shophouse facades, and the blooms and butterflies of Singapore.
Shop Binary Style online, or via Naiise
MATTER needs no introduction; the Singaporean sustainable label won us over with its fair-trade clothing made from biodegradable fabrics, and its amazing prints. Its scarves are as swoon-worthy as its breezy pants with similarly unique motifs, and come in generous sizes to make it easy for you to style as you wish.These are lightweight enough to keep you from sweating, and able to withstand wear and tear.
Shop MATTER online
Jakarta-based Fikajulia champions Indonesia-inspired digitally printed designs. Scarves at the moment are only limited to four designs, but add a touch of softness to your wardrobe with leaf motifs that reference native plants of Indonesia. Shipping to Singapore might be a flinch point, so we highly recommend waiting for the brand to make an appearance at the next Public Garden fleamarket.
Shop FikaJulia online
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