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The term 'modish' reminds me of my childhood. I was growing up with my grandmother who was a tailor. When I was a teenager, I went to a modish school to learn how to sew. I was fascinated with learning how to make Western dresses. At that time, many of us wore Western style dresses, but some started to wear the tight veil. I see the contrast in my own family. While many of us dressed in Western dresses, our grandma still held on to her traditional 'garb', called 'kebaya" and wore a veil.  While Muslim women's orientations toward dresses vary, they share one thing in common: they want to look 'modish.' The fusion between Western, Islamic, and Indigenous dresses inspires the creation of Modish. I will share my passion for a stylistic life style in Islamic cultures and feel free to join me.

Whose problem hijab is? Is it a Muslim woman’s problem? Is it a Muslim man’s problem? Or is it the Western problem? Veiling and its various forms known as “hijab” have been captivating Muslim women, Muslim men, and Western mind. Supporters of the hijab believe it as a religious devotion, whereas the majority of non-veiling Muslim women do not see it as part of religion. The West has historically had an intriguing relationship to the hijab, if not problematic. The hijab comes to symbolize oppression and the subordination of women. Unveiling is, therefore, tantamount to liberation

Muslim women don hijab in its various forms to express their devotion to God. Some women wear tight veiling, which are geographically common to women in Southeast Asia and some parts of the Middle East, like Egypt and Turkey. Women in South Asia wear long shawl over their shoulder and occasionally use them to cover their heads. Other Muslim women wear burqa and niqab, two forms of veiling that cover all parts of the body, except their eyes. Some Muslim women simply wear head-covering. Despite of its variations, the hijab is not the source of the problem. The problem resides in how we view Muslim women as the other. This othering process clouds our judgment of seeing the embodiment of hijab as an act of worship for many Muslim women.

Why do you wear the hijab? Why?