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New Childrens Abayas In Stock

We now have lovely new kids abayas in stretch fabric. Sizes available are between 38 and 48. Most children would be between this size/height range.

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Childrens Abayas

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Designer Abayas

Designer abayas are more in demand than they were, say, ten years ago. One of the reasons for this is because there are many more fashion designers today focusing on abayas than there were few years back. Designers tend to use current market trends to customise their abayas designs and add some personal influence and touch to their designer abayas.

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Abayas are available in various styles at Muslimbase. Muslimbase intends to make 2012 the year of the abaya. Starting in spring 2012 Inshallah we will be increasing our range of our abayas over 10-fold. Abayas trends change like any other clothing items available. At present most people prefer elasticated wrist abayas and extra large diamonte covered abays. We will explain these in detail soon Inshallah.

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New Jilbabs & Abayas coming into stock soon

We have just received a delivery of some double layer jilbabs and some abayas. Please note quantity for the website is limited as most stock will be sold in-store, please check on Saturday for all product images

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Abaya is a garment worn by Muslim women to cover themselves. The abaya is referred to by many different words essentially meaning the same thing in terms of dress code or Islamic dressing. In terms of fashion abaya is used more to refer to black or light coloured dresses with embroidery or some form of art and designed in a very simple way. The abaya can be open from the front having buttons all the way down or can be closed and have just one or two buttons close to the neck.

Abayas are made in many different ways and with many different designs. A lot of the influence of the design, colour and material comes from the geographic location of where the abaya is made or worn.

An abaya made in Turkey for the local market will ideally have at the least one area of the abaya that has a printed design. The abaya material will be shiny or have a very smooth surface such as using a satin material. The material of the abaya will also be quite thick and of high quality. It is also common to design abayas in the shape of coats.

An abaya in the United Arab Emirates made for the local market will be of a very light material and have a light and bright colour. Many of the abayas will be very shiny and have beaded or stone work done onto the abaya. Tassels would also be used along the joints or at the edges. The abayas usually tend to match the khimar or headscarf in this case and are made of the same material as the actual abaya.

In India or Pakistan the abaya if made for the local market will be black in colour and of cotton material normally. The abaya would have embroidery in dark colours such as maroon and navy blue. There would also be patch work with a shiny material mostly on the sleeves and collars. The embroidery is mostly done on the arms and at the bottom of the abaya.

An abaya worn in Indonesia would be of a very light colour and made mainly of cotton. The khimar to match the abaya would be a very large size. It is common to use cutwork rather than embroidery to create a design on abayas in Indonesia. The abaya is very popular in Indonesia and is worn by thousands of Muslim women there.

In Egypt the abaya would be made of a very light material but in very bright colours. The Egyptians are very well known for their creativity in styling abayas. The materials used could be from silk, polyester to cotton and georgette. The abayas have loads of tassels and laces on the sleeves and the back area. This helps loosen the abya even more if required. The sleeves are usually more loose and longer. Some abayas in Egypt even have gloves attached to it that can be worn or tucked into the sleeves.

Abayas are worn using various styles around the world and the variety keeps increasing. In Europe and the US many styles have been adapted by Muslims and new styles have also been created under the label of jilbabs. The motive of all Islamic dresses irrespective of location or origin is the same, to dress modestly.

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Abaya Sizing System

Abaya Sizing Demystified

Abayas sizing in general is quite confusing as abayas come with a similar number system but different parts of the world and different manufacturers. The fitting style of the abaya also makes a big difference to the sizing. As a rule of thumb the longer the abayas the wider the width of the abaya. This abaya sizing system does not suit someone who is very tall and slim or someone who is a little short and plump. The only solution for people with such sizes is to buy the longest sizes and get the width or length altered by a tailor. We have created an sizing table that is the closest estimate to the Western sizing system. If you require any clarification you can contact us via the contact us page Inshallah.

HEIGHT (FEET & INCHES/CM) UK 10 – 16 / EU 38 – 44 /

US 8 – 14

UK 16 – 20 / EU 44 – 48 /

US 14 – 18

5 FEET 0 INCHES / 152.4 CM 52 N/A
5 FEET 2 INCHES / 157.27 CM 54 N/A
5 FEET 4 INCHES / 162.56 CM 56 N/A
5 FEET 6 INCHES / 167.64 CM 58 58
5 FEET 8 INCHES / 172.72 CM 60 60
5 FEET 10 INCHES / 177.80 CM 62 62

As an example if your UK dress size is 14 and your height is 5′4″ your abaya size is 56 for abayas on Satisfaction is guaranteed at If you buy an abaya which does not fit you can return it within 10 working days for a refund of the value of the abaya. To view our abaya collection please click on the link below


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