Thursday, September 18, 2008
I took this photograph of colorful hijabs for sale at a store on Jalan Asia Afrika (Asia Africa Street), near Bandung Grand Mosque.
Hijab is an Arabic word which originally means cover, veil, screen, or shelter. Now the word is used throughout the Moslem world to refer to the attire that Moslem women wear. By religious rule, Moslem women are required to dress modestly, i.e. cover most of their body parts and head, in public to keep/protect them from being harrassed.
In Indonesia, the more common word for hijab is jilbab, which refers to head cover.
Although Indonesia has the largest Moslem population in the world, it is not an Islamic state. Therefore, unlike in some Middle Eastern states where women are required by the state law to wear hijab in public, Indonesian Moslem women are free to choose whether or not they want to wear hijab.
Hijab began to gain popularity in Indonesia in the mid 1980s, following what is now considered as the re-emergence of Islamic consciousness throughout the Moslem world in the 1970s, of which hijab was one of the symbols that affirmed the Islamic identity and morality in opposition to Western materialism, commercialism, and values.
This is my first participating post for Photo Scavenger Hunters.