Little by little, the variety of brown skin is being recognized by the fashion world and one blogger has taken that acknowledgement a step further by creating hijabs in all skin tones for men and women as a step toward unifying Muslims of all cultures.
Aptly titled SKIN, the “collection by Habiba Da Silva was inspired by togetherness amongst different types of people,” the website states. “The theme of the collection plays around the idea of ‘marriage’; not necessarily as a bond between a man and a woman, rather as a bond between people from different backgrounds and cultures.”
Four shades of hijabs are currently available on the website.
Zaffeh: The lightest shade which means “wedding march” in Arabic and is an announcement that the wedding will begin.
Rukhsati: an Urdu word for the “sending off” that takes place when the groom and his family will leave together with the bride.
Aroosadda: The Somali word for bride.
Aure: The darkest shade available which is the Hausa word for “marriage;” a union of two or more people.
A fifth shade appears to be in the works as well from some of the promo pics on Da Silva’s Instagram page.
The hijabs currently retail for £20, about $25, a price point that has caused some backlash since hijabs normally cost between $12 and $15. But the 22-year-old designer told Buzzfeed, “I have put so much [investment] and effort into … this. I literally can’t go anywhere else with the price.”
Considering the hijabs are currently sold out in every color, we think Da Silva’s supporters understand the importance of her movement.
“I wanted to do something where everybody was [included] and I wanted to showcase different people together,” said Da Silva who is of mixed Lebanese and Brazilian heritage. “I wanted to break the barrier of having too many companies who just used lighter-skin models.”
Congrats, you’ve done just that.