Why are Algerian women happy to see the Niqab of the first lady of Pakistan?

The first lady of Pakistan: The swearing-in ceremony of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan was held on 18th August and was attended by many well-known figures and media personalities. Among all the invitees there was also Imran Khan’s wife, the first lady of Pakistan Bushra Maneka Bibi.

She stole the spotlight of the whole ceremony, not only for being the first lady but also for her looks and appearance in public. The Pakistanis appreciate her long attire and the way she covers herself before appearing in Public. 

It is to be noted that Bushra Maneka is the third wife of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. He has been divorced from Jamima Khan and Rehan Khan, her 2 ex-wives.

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The attire worn by the first lady is not a traditional dress in Pakistan: The long attire worn by the first lady seems too attracting and hope that it will soon become trending in Pakistan.

Basically, the attire worn by the first lady is not a traditional dress of Pakistan. To our surprise, this white attire or niqab is known as Al Hayek in North African countries and it is a traditional dress for women in Algeria.

In many countries including Pakistan, the niqab is worn in black color and when it comes to white color it becomes similar to the one that was worn by the Algerian women.

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Why are Algerian women happy? It was the first traditional dress of Algerian women since the fall of Al-Andalus. However, at the end of 80’s and at the beginning of the 90s the headscarf was replaced with Al Hayek and this long traditional body attire started disappearing as a whole.

Al Hayek is basically an off-white full body covering usually made of wool or silk and sometimes a piece of cloth or veil is added at the front to cover the face leaving the eyes uncovered. It was usually worn by the Algerian women as an outer covering over the clothes while leaving their home just like abaya.

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Bushra Bibi got famous in Algeria: Now Algerian women use to wear head scarf or Hijab to cover themselves for a religious and societal reason while leaving their home and this attire has vanished completely.

A new ray of hope arose for Algerian women after the pictures of Bushra Bibi wearing the traditional Algerian attire started circulating on Social Media. Each and every woman has a question to ask, will Bushra Bibi bring their traditional costume back to life?

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Source: Al Arabiya

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