Accession number: 2000.206
Measurements: H 1330 mm; L 680 mm
This Hijaab comprises a long black coat-dress and cream headscarf, traditional dress worn by Muslim women. The word 'Hijaab' comes from the Arabic word 'Hajabah' that means to hide or to conceal. The law of Hijaab requires that the whole female body be concealed. The outer garment should be of simple quality and the eyes should be covered with a net or cloth.
It is thought that the Hijaab underlines the importance of purity and morality for a Muslim woman, whilst upholding her status and dignity. The Asian Women's' Advisory Service, which donated the ensemble to the Museum of London, explained 'by wearing a Hijaab, a Muslim woman can concentrate on her tasks whilst feeling secure and protected'.