From the Archives - Burka Clad

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Earlier this year when I visited my friend Anita in Dubai, we also went to Abu Dhabi which is the capital of the country, United Arab Emirates. Dubai is one of the most lenient states, while Abu Dhabi is relatively a little more conservative. 

We visited the world mosque which allowed non-Muslims to enter but required the females to be in 'burka' and the males to be in trousers and shirt, or they had to wear the national outfit, which is known as the 'kandura'. Burqa and Kandura, both were available at the mosque to borrow, for no cost. They were clean and fresh as they were put to wash by the management after every wear. 

I felt absolutely comfortable in a burka. In fact it almost came naturally to me. I felt über feminine, lady-like and wonderful walking around in it. Really! *Cross-my-heart* I think I must have worn it a lot in my previous birth, 'coz I loved it so much. 

In the first two shots below, I am looking like a typical Arab woman who are often seen wearing bright lipstick, on the phone and holding a designer bag. 


Pictures courtesy Myraa Ahuja Photography
Have you ever worn a Burka?

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69 comments

  1. Tanvii - I love space, have been following your blog for some days now. I love your stayle & the Chirpy attitude that comes across in your posts :)

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  2. Thats a wonderful story and you look beautiful maybe because you're so comfortable in it :)

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  3. U look damn nice, and good for you if u feel comfortable in it..
    I bet i would feel really weird and claustrophobic and wouldn't be able to detach myself from all the issues that come with it..

    Anyway
    Would u be comfortable wearing it everyday though? just wondering..

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  4. These photos are gorgeous, you do look comfortable and goo in it and thanks for sharing!
    x.o.x.o

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  5. you do look like a arab woman
    I have never worn one and wouldn't mind wearing one as a tourist for one day but if I were to wear it everyday I am sure would hate it

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  6. Definitly not. No do I wish to wear one, but you look beautiful in and chic in it.
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  7. Very arabian indeed! I love how you sneaked in a pop of pink with that pretty purse:)

    xx

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  8. I've always found Burkas kinda fascinating in it's free form. I'd miss the colors, textures, and fits of other clothing though!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  9. I must say you look really pretty...fabulous.

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  10. You look great as you have been able to jazz it up with the shades and pink handbag. In certain regimes women won't be allowed to do that or even show their face or wear makeup so I guess it would look very different then and also be oppressive.

    How heavy was it to wear?

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  11. A true fashionsta looks like one, in every outfit. You've just proved it right =)

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  12. While I think your beautiful face looks lovely framed by material, I am opposed to what a burqa stands for. It is patriarchal indoctrination.

    As a feminist I cannot support something that screams to me, that a woman's worth is determined by how pure she keeps herself through male subjugation or through the 'choice' she has made according to a misguided sense of peiety.

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  13. ur looking totally like those Arabic women...the only thing missing are the half dozen flashy finger rings ;)

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  14. I have to say, Tanvii, that you never cease to amaze me. Everytime I see a new Post, or a photo of your latest Outfits, I just smile and shake my head. You're so talented! I love your thoughts,stories connected with each outfit,you beat the best of designer clad womens even in this Burka!!!
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  15. you look absolutely cool in that get-up.

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  16. oh wow! burka looks so cool!! xoxo, gabbie from 5amjetaime.com

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  17. I loved this post! I've never worn a burka, and I've never heard anyone describe wearing a burka as you did. You look beautiful as always too. Hope you're having a great weekend. xoxox

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  18. Very interesting post! I think for us westeners it's difficult to judge how oppressed or not arab women really are.
    Love the pink lipstick and aviator sunglasses paired with all that black!

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  19. Wow. You do really look beautiful. All that fierceness from your previous posts transformed into something elegant and suave.
    I love it, Tanvii!

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  20. You look glorious in your but no, not for me.
    I'm always fascinated by the women beneath them, you're right they often have designer bags, the sexiest footwear ever and fabulously glossy lips. xxx

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  21. this might be one of my favorites. you look absolutely beautiful covered up like this, and your smile totally shines through!

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  22. I think you have worn it very gracefully and still added a level of style to it. Love the bright pink bag and lipstick.

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  23. You look lovely. I see your point that we sometimes can we more beautiful covered up. Shawls in general are beautiful and when I visit holy places such as orthodox church or Mosques I gladly cover up out of respect.

    I feel the need to point out though that those women you see with lipstick and chanel bags are not chosing to be covered up but are forced. If some one decides for herself to use hidjab because of her faith then she dosn't wear make up because that contradicts the entire thought and reason behind the hidjab. That is what upsets me, women being forced to cover up. If someone choses to be covered- that's fine by me... I can go on about this for ever. Having middle eastern roots this is a very interesting topic for me.

    x

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  24. Hmm... interesting. I can see how and why you like it. For me, the very idea is... strange. Thinking about it, I believe wearing a burka would be oddly invigorating. A sort of cross-cultural affirmation of femaleness. Actually, I like that. Thanks for the intriguing question!

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  25. you are looking sooooooooo cute here:-)

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  26. You look so chic, I have never worn a burka but it looks fabulous! Love your nose ring! where did you get it?

    XX!
    YvonnaLivianna
    YvonnaLivianna.blogspot.com

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  27. I think you look absolutely beautiful in a Burkha. I love your nose ring.

    Much love
    Nidhi
    http://anythingbutordinary2394.blogspot.com/

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  28. I think you look great! I have never worn a head-to-toe covering like that, and don't think I would unless the situation required it (e.g. visiting a similar type of mosque). I can imagine how feminine it must have felt because I feel the same way when I wear long, flowy dresses! And I think it can be very flattering to cover your head partially with some hair peeking out the way you have. I do that sometimes if I am wearing a salwar kameez. :)

    Leia

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  29. this was truly fascinating! i literally don't know if i could, it would be so different for me! xx

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  30. the aviators were the perfect addition!
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  31. You look so chic! I love the way you own it.

    A Muslim woman should be able to choose what she wears and not have it forced upon her. It's not meant to be a patriarchal indoctrination in any way. If you're forced to wear it, that goes against what Islam is all about. So I feel that it's actually a form of freedom for many women- IF they choose to wear it.

    Just sayin. <3

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  32. Though you look as fabulous as always.......I'm not a big fan of the Burka tradition.....hence, no comments there!

    But I seriously love the way you've paired the Burka with those aviators! Killer! ;)

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  33. it's interesting because you have such an individual style so it seems like you wouldn't really enjoy the burka. but at the same time, you are very good at layering and draping and flowy skirts that this actually makes a ton of sense.

    love the bag.

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  34. I won't say I'm particularly thrilled at the idea of 'having to' wear something,be it a 'burqa' or a 'bikini'.I can't stand anyone stating the rules for me.I'm sure the mosque was a treat to your eyes but I won't have bothered taking a look at it if it 'required' me to follow their dress code.But you look gorgeous nonetheless.The black looks fab against your skin tone.

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  35. ready for this? i HAVE worn a burqa! when i was in Delhi we visited the Jama Masjid, and they made us wear burqas. i have pictures somewhere!

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  36. Never worn one but curious to see how I'd look. BTW - you look good and very comfortable in it !

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  37. Hi Tanvi!! Hope you had a great weekend ;)

    I've never worn a burka but I'd definitely like to. Oh and your aviators are really cool too hehe.

    Saludos!

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  38. A burqa is nothing new to me, I actually like wearing! Although I am not a full time Hijabi (I wear it to the mosque) I love burqas!

    The media has portrayed the burqa as such a negative thing it makes me cringe. If only the world understood the true meaning ...

    Anyhow, you look lovely in a burqa!
    This post actually made me smile; i'm glad that you, a non-muslim wore the burqa with an open mind.

    THANK YOU♥

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  39. Very beautiful post. You are looking very pretty and exactly like an Arabic woman.
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  40. I'm so not surprised that you carried it off! :) You carry off everything that you wear with ease :)

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  41. You look awesome in a burqa, like an Arab princess. I've worn a burqa thrice. It is really nice and comfy, especially in winters.

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  42. Awesome post.
    Wearing burqua to visit mosque or places when required it's okay.
    But NO to everyday. uhhhh!!
    Love your style to carry this.

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  43. You look absolutely chic and fabulous wearing a Burka!!!

    xoxo,
    Mel

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  44. Aah never worn one! But u manage to look glam even in a Burka. Unbelievable. :)

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  45. IM LOOVEEEE YOUR AVIATORS ! you look sooo fierce there !


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  46. Love your shades! Amazing story :) xx

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  47. Very nice post!!! I like your blog so much!!!
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  48. ive never worn a burka or hijab. u look so stunning in it! I'd totally want to wear it once too! :)

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  49. Beautiful photos. Your lip color definitely pops!

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  50. Wow this is amazing! I've never worn a Burka, but this is a really cool post :)

    -Ellie

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  51. Whatever u put u look FAB, unbelievable!!!!:D I love the vibrant pop of pink!!
    U know hun, u're so right about typical Arab woman!! I was the witness of that while working one summer in Egypt, in one resort!!:)
    kisses
    Jelena
    http://glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com/

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  52. i havent worn a burkha but ur making me want to wear one now.

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  53. Wow, mustve been amazing and you do look like a natural, especially on the phone! The pink bag is the perfect choice to go with it and show your personality!!

    Aesthetic Lounge

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  54. you look so cute!! are u back from delhi??

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  55. I never have but have always wanted to actually. You look so chic! :) xoxo

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  56. I like your burka but I like your hair with bangs too! Have you thought about growing them out again? I know they're pretty high maintenance...the trimming and getting in your face. Nevertheless the pictures are so pretty.

    -Cris xoxo

    http://www.bisouonline.com

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  57. These pics are so cool. eventhough you are so covered you look really chic and I like the bright handbag. That is so cool you got to go to Dubai. I'd love to go there one day...no I've never worn a Burka, yet :)

    Nice post
    xoDale
    Thanks for your sweet comment

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  58. Looks good! I love the sunnies with it - very fashionable :P

    Nope - never worn one although I might if I was travelling and it required me to. Plus you have still managed to make it your own :)

    For me it'd be great for a once-in-a-while thing because I then have the choice to take it off and wear something else the next day if I wanted to. But I can see how some women would get used to it and even prefer it.

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  59. The photos are terrific!!..I really liked the way u combined the hot pink lipstick n Marcs bag:)
    U r really stylish and ur blog is so professional..Great work!

    Kalyani

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  60. Hello Tanveer...that is if you lived in this part of the world..you look very nice in the burqa outfit and i can't get over how "Arabized" you look with the bright pink lipstick, the designer handbag and the mobile..

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  61. you would make anything look hot and fashionable Tanvi. i agree the lip colour gives a nice pop. xx

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  62. U look so fashionably gorgeous even in the burqa!

    Luv :)

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  63. wow! you look so ethnic and well of course as usual a stunner :)
    now I want to wear it once too!!!

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  64. I used to wear one when I lived in Saudi Arabia. Blv me they are very cool.
    You pulled it off beautifully :)

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