What Is a Hijab Flower?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen
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Woman holding a book

A hijab flower is an accessory that can be pinned or clipped to the headscarf that is typically worn in conformity with Islamic modesty codes. Typically made from some type of cloth, the flower may serve purely as an ornamental piece, but may also function as a hijab pin. Some women may choose to wear one of these accessories on a regular basis, while other women may feel that they are most appropriate for special occasions. Instructions for making a hijab flower can be found online, though many retailers of Islamic clothing also offer them as part of their normal range. It is also possible to use silk flowers found in craft stores as hijab ornaments by simply wrapping the flower's stem around a metal clip.

Many women who choose to wear the hijab, a head covering that conceals a woman's hair, remain concerned about their appearance and will use a variety of accessories to create a more aesthetically pleasing look. This may include wearing a flower somewhere on the hijab, often either under the chin or on the side of the head. The flower can add visual interest to a woman's outfit, particularly if it contrasts with the headscarf that she wears. It should be noted, however, that in some understandings of Islamic dress codes a hijab flower or other ornament worn in public may be deemed inappropriate, as such accessories can draw attention to the appearance of its wearer.

In many cases, a hijab flower may resemble the types of silk and cloth flowers that often appear on women's hats and in fact may be one and the same. Some Islamic clothing retailers modify these flowers by attaching both a safety pin and a clip to their back so that a woman may have the choice of simply clipping the flower to her headscarf or using it to also pin her hijab in place. It is possible to purchase a hijab flower in many different colors and designs. For example, a retailer may offer several different colors of roses, daisies, or poppies for customers to choose from. Other shops may offer more modern designs, including flowers made from folded ribbons as well as more elaborate pieces that make use of feathers, artificial gemstones, or lace.

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