Lawyer holds hijab-design contest

Jan. 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

CHICAGO, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A Chicago human rights lawyer is holding a design contest for a hijab, a Muslim head scarf, with U.S. fashion sensibilities.

Shaz Kaiseruddin said she has received about 70 submissions for the American Hijab Design Contest since it started in the fall and she is now extending the deadline for submissions, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

"What we have here today is most women wearing an Arab-style scarf on top of American-style outfits," Kaiseruddin said. "Arabs have their style of hijab, Malaysians have theirs, Indians have theirs, but we haven't come up with a Western or American-looking style. I'm hoping to cultivate the creation of a cutting-edge, very American hijab style."

Kaiseruddin said many U.S. designers do not create fashions for Muslim women because they simply don't know how.

"We're excited to make the unfamiliar familiar," she said.

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