Millennials have always tried things differently and that’s a truth acknowledged across cultures and geographies. Be it their views, food, clothing etc. all have changed remarkably in comparison to the earlier generations. One such move has been the idea to adapt to a conventional sense of tradition and embedded culture. While young, people have always dabbled with the idea of infusing some creativity in rituals and traditions, however their cultural interpretation through clothes has for long been a recurrent theme; something which every generation has experimented with.
And when it comes to traditional Islamic clothing, there’s no dearth of creativities splattered across the globe in varying cultures and sub-cultures, ethnicities and races. Right from the Burqas of Afghanistan and Abayas of the Middle East to the now famous Burqinis (Muslim customized swim-wear) and Thobe and Pathani suits, we see a spurt and revival of such fashion every few years, claiming to imbibe a certain old world charm. While many such traditional clothes seem to pass as pieces of family heirlooms to the future progenies, they are as much revered by the Millennials themselves.
But the millennial lifestyle does not allow room for the conventional traditional Islamic dresses as daily -wear and hence a few quick fixes here and there does the job well to make such trousseaus for easy comfort and utility. For example, the near 2 metres long dupatta is replaced as a headscarf to be easy for women to carry. The Kurtis worn majorly in South East Asia are replaced by Tunics making it conventional yet functional as both a formal and casual wear. On many occasions we see Islamic clothing for men and women have taken a shift from being highly ornate to being more practical and utility efficient in meeting the demands of a daily life. While the embroideries and prints as well as fabric have pretty much remained the same, there has been an influx of many mixed and combination fabric material in dispensing attires to meet climate call or personal discretions of specific occasions like swimming or active -wears for sports or rigorous physical training. The Hijabi sisters have never been more happier as there are finally mass producers paying heed to their demands for clothing which is both faith oriented and fun. The nuanced approach of the biggies such as manufacturers and designers has led to the creation of growth for such demands.