Cape Coat

Mrs. Hanna Faridl

Cape coat also known as poncho is mostly worn for a formal occasion. It protects your body from cold weather during your travel. It is perfectly worn by Muslim because its loose and roomy.

And what is wrong with bringing the European 19th century into a tropical country? I see no problem. Check sunburst cloak site and have your tailor made you one. Pack your bag and let’s go.

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Interview with Mrs. Nanida Jenahara

Mrs.Nanida Jenahara
Freelance Designer and a Proud Mother

1. When did you start wearing hijab ?
Since I was 13 years old. I always thought that women look more beautiful when they are wearing hijab.It sounds cliche, but I really feel that way :)

2. Who motivate you?
My parents. I grew up in a very religious family and they already start to put religious norms since we were kids. However, I'm not saying that my parents are very strict. I also get a strong motivation from my mom, as a Muslim Fashion Designer since I was a kid.

3. How do you feel to be a daughter of a well known muslim designer?
It is easy and hard at the same time. The good thing is that I can really talk about Fashion with my mom and get the benefit of having tailor made clothes for free. The not-so-good thing is that I get compared to her. We have our own style. Then sometime I get complain from my mom about my style.

4. Beside clothes, what other thing that has changed your life?
Nothing has changed. This is my life and hijab has been my identity of being a muslim. It should not limit me doing something that I want to do as long it is positive.

5. What difficulties that you encounter after wearing hijab?
Sometimes people expect more of me but I never worried about it. The hardest part is since fashion has always been my passion, not all the trends I can follow. I learn to understand what works on me and doesn’t, and filter trends accordingly.

6. Any habit that you stop doing ever since wearing hijab?
Not really. Wearing hijab or not, my friends still think I am talkative, splashy and I like doing silly things ("__")

7. What advantages do you feel after wearing hijab?
It cannot be doubted that first impression on me is I’m quite and pious person. My friends also sometime ask some religious matters. And to be able to answer their questions make me feel happy. It is my way to worship God by spreading the useful knowledge.

8. What is your hijab style?
I have no particular style, I dress based on how I feel. It all depends on my mood.

9. Where do you buy clothes and hijab?
I mostly make my own clothes. I rarely buy hijab. I get a lot from my mom and she has a wide range of good collections. However, Zara and Topshop always be my favorite ones.

10. Favorite brand?
Alexander Mcqueen, Lanvin, Etro, Thomas Wylde, Balenciaga, Hussein Chalayan and Jean Pierre Braganza.

11. Any particular clothes/style/material or anything that you avoid to wear?
I don't like wearing anything under my scarf. I don't really like pink and I don't like the “army look” style. After all, I think it’s ridiculous to have it as a trend.

12. Have you ever think to take the hijab off?
Yes. I have always been haunted by these thoughts. I've been wearing hijab for nearly half of my life. Sometimes I just want to know what it's like not wearing hijab. But I always remind myself, wearing hijab is a form of worship rather than demands.

13. Any experience regarding hijab?
When I was on a vacation to Melbourne, I went to a vintage store then a girl came up and said she really like my style. She also said she rarely see people who wear the hijab but still can look stylish. For me it is a compliment that I have never forgotten.

Style Spotted : Nanida Jenahara Part II

Jehan is working on her own accessories line made out of ties. She remade the ties into belt, obi or a headband. You can set it over your headscarf or around your hips. She wears simple black dress and pants to show her diy obi. Take a look at her cotton lace skirt. Nice and well made. Visit

The gray-ish color successfully brought out her bright face. Even with leopard motif. It still gives us the modest cool look. The soft color mix with the right accessories brings you sweetness. Look at the detail; brown sandals with oversize ring and the ripped pants. Have a look her DIY outer skirt. Simply unique and creative. It’s unusual without making any flinch. The skirt goes really well with her glossy silver dress. Don’t you love this outfit?

Please introduce her daughter, Rosemary. She was busy making her own pose while we took Jehan some pictures. It shows that she has the talent to be a model.

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Style Spotted : Nanida Jenahara Part I

We never have the nerve to wear jumpsuit with hijabs. But this look certainly breaks our preconception. Jehan, turn her mom's oversize pants into a jumpsuit. Don’t forget to wear under shirt and cardigans to cover some part of your body. The gold scarf is wrapping well her neck and certainly giving her an attitude.

This dress is 30 year old but is still perfectly stunning. It’s her mom collection but still can be adapted to the latest trend. It is a perfect example that trend repeats itself. Not daring enough to wear long dress or abaya? High waist big belt gives you the shape.

Style Spotted : Nurul Adiyanti

"She's still 21 years old, and we like her playful style that fit her age.
Drooling over the blue vintage Guy Laroche bag".

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Hijab and Hair Loss

1. Keep your head cold.
I wear nothing under my scarf so it keeps my head cooler than when I use underscarf. But if you do feel more comfortable wearing one makes sure that you don’t wear it too tight.

2. Let them breath.
I have a habit to let my hair free during my lunch time. Just to open my headscarf, brush my hair before I pray. If you are working during day you can always go to the bathroom and have them breath

3. Keep your ponytail loose.
Some of you may have long hair so you have to braid your hair, bun your hair or make a ponytail. Make sure that we use a nice fabric. Rubber or metal fabrics will likely pull your hair out. Cotton knit will be better.

4. Give them some times to dry.
Do not braid or ponytail your hair while it’s still wet. Have some time to let your hair dry. You can use a hair dryer but blow your hair with a gentle blowing one instead the hot one. After you wash it, give your hair some time to breath. Brush your hair with widely spaced comb.

5. Leave them alone.
If you dye or chemically process your hair, or regularly use a curling or straigtening iron or hot curlers, you should stop for the time being. If you don't want to air dry your hair (which would be best), then use a diffuser on your dryer. If you regularly use styling products, you should use a gentle clarifying shampoo every two weeks, which will help remove residue from your hair and scalp. There are also volumizing and maximizing shampoos and conditioners on the market that will help thicken your hair.

6. Switch your hijab style.
If it’s possible, you can change your style that can make your hair loose. For one day let them free without any braids. If it’s not possible, you can clip your hair up instead braids/ponytail your hair.

7. Treat you hair well.
With or without your hair covered, you are obliged to take good care of them. Go to the salon or spa regularly. Let them take good care of your hair. Cream, vitamin and some soft massage will help your hair grow better.

Are you sure your hijab is causing hair loss or is it just an excuse from being lazy of handling your hair care since you cover all your hair while you go. Take good care your hair whether you show it or not. Beside that your husband deserves the best performance of your hair right?

Some says hijab is a great protection for your hair as it never gets exposed to outside elements such as the sun, wind, air, rain, smog and other forms of pollution. In addition, women who wear hijab are much less likely to use excessive amounts of hairspray or to curl their hair regularly, both of which damage the hair and may cause it to break and fall out.

"Do you experience hair loss after wearing hijab? How do you handle it?
Do you take good care your hair as much as before you wear hijab?"

Mrs. Hanna Faridl

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Mrs. Fifi Alvianto & Mrs. Hanna Faridl

The word batik is thought to be derived from the word 'ambatik' which translated means 'a cloth with little dots'. The suffix 'tik' means little dot, drop, point or to make dots.
Batik may also originate from the Javanese word 'tritik' which describes a resist process for dying where the patterns are reserved on the textiles by tying and sewing areas prior to dying, similar to tie dye techniques. Another Javanese phase for the mystical experience of making batik is “mbatik manah” which means “drawing a batik design on the heart”.

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Interview with Ms. Fanie Maulida

Ms. Fanie Maulida, 25 years old.
Working as a reporter on a local music magazine Trax.

1. When did you start wearing hijab?
My highschool in Aceh obligates the students to wear hijab. Then I moved to Jakarta not wearing hijab because I didn’t feel like ready at that time. October 2007 I went home to Aceh and wore hijab. Ever since that moment I continue to wear hijab in Jakarta. Insya Allah for all time.

2. Who motivate you?
My parents suggest me to wear hijab. However I believe every muslimahs are obliged to cover the awrah. My heart told me to do so. So I have no pressure from outside.

3. Beside clothes, what other thing that has changed your life?
People have different point of view on me after wearing hijab. I carry social responsibilities that people expect from women with headscarf. I try to be soft spoken, well behavior and of course to be more devoted with God.

4. What difficulties that you encounter after wearing hijab?
I used to wear simple jeans and shirt. Now, I enjoy wearing layers. But it is not easy when I have to work outside. So I managed to adjust my clothes with my activities.

5. Any habit that you stop doing ever since wearing hijab?
No. Except that I have to be more devoted. I will continue to learn to control my self and to be more grateful.

6. What advantages do you feel after wearing hijab?
It is a benefit to control my bad hair day. I also get respect from people around me. The least I can get is when strangers ask "Asalamuaikum hajjah". I take it as a pray.

7. What is your hijab style?
I wear regular hijab with a square scarf. I never have the guts to chance my daily hijab. Always feel that it doesn't fit my face. The least I can do is putting headband over my headscarf.

8. Where do you buy clothes and hijabs?
I go to Tamita store at Kuningan Trade Centre to buy good quality of scarfs. I buy clothes from everywhere that catch my attention.

9. Favorite brand?
Clothes: Topshop, Zara, Miss Selfridge, Supre.
Shoes: Melissa dan Zara

10. Any particular clothes/style/material or anything that you avoid to wear?
I try to cover my head and to wear my clothes properly by not showing any part of my leg or my hand or even some of my hair. Because if I don't, what is the point of wearing hijabs?

11. Have you ever think to take the hijab off?
That thought will always be around my head but I try to be positive and avoid the thought.

12. Any experience regarding hijab?
I like going to the concerts even when it’s held on the club where none hijabers around. I often get those “look”. Well, as long as I go there only to enjoy the music I don’t really bother other people thoughts. You've gotta fight for your right to have some fun :)