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« on: Jun 14, 2008 03:31 AM »


RICHMOND, Va. -- The assignment for Virginia Commonwealth University fashion students: design an abaya, an enveloping cloak worn by Muslim women, that is stylish yet acceptable in Arab countries.

The results: elaborately beaded designs, a flamenco-influenced abaya, a punk rock abaya -- and perhaps a better understanding of cultural norms in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar, where the university has had a campus for 10 years.

"We were trying to make a feeling of youth -- but still be true to their culture," said Kendra Palin, a fashion design major who partnered with classmate Shelby Day to design an abaya with looped buttonholes, princess seams and a high waist. "Everything else had to be black, but the embellishment could be any color, and we used silver and blue."

The 10 abayas were shown recently at VCU's annual student fashion show and are being shipped to Doha, Qatar's capital, for a fashion show at the VCU School of the Arts in Qatar.

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« Reply #1 on: Jun 15, 2008 05:59 PM »

salam

You know, all I've ever wanted out of an abaya, is one made of breathable material, which flows nicely, does not get caught around my legs as I walk, and one which is plain and black, which does not fall open.... I get them tailor made, the thought of 'flamenco influenced and worse punk rock'  Shocked abayas, induces a need for smelling salts in me...


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And when My servants question thee concerning Me, then surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me. So let them hear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright. Surah 2  Verse 186
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