Introducing Our Label : Casa Elana

"Casa Elana is a clothing label by Fifi Alvianto, Hanna Faridl & Anneke Scorpy".

And this is our expression of a modest hijab friendly outfit. Made by our experience wearing hijab. Addressed to everyone who love to look nice, comfortable and modest.

Casa Elana is not (yet) an online store. So far we sell our products by joining bazaar or event. We believe introducing our products in person is more valuable than meeting you by online. But who knows, one day we can ship our products overseas.

Right now is temporarily under maintenance, but we'll spread the news if the site is ready. Meanwhile please enjoy our photos and video, made for Casa Elana's March/April 2011 collection, "Jingga" (If you cannot play the video, please make sure that you have the latest Adobe Flash Player).

Turban & cape with extended scarf, long dress, and maxi skirt are some of our collections.

Mrs. Fifi Alvianto : Photographer, Videographer & Editor
Mrs. Hanna Faridl : Photographer & Stylist

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Interview with Mrs. Lamia A.

Mrs. Lamia A. - Switzerland

"Care is the ingredient that keeps true friendships alive despite separation, distance, or time".

This proverb describe well the relationship between Hijab Scarf and Hijabs & Co. Though we may never meet in person we feel like sisters who can share common bond of sisterhood.
It is a bliss to live in the era when blogs bring all sisters around the world close at heart. Her background who raised and live from many cultures encourage us to know a bit more about her. We believe that the happiest business in the world is making friends.
So please introduce, Mrs. Lamia from Hijabs & Co.

1. Tell us about yourself?
I am just like another ordinary Arabic girls, my name is Lamia, 25 years old, I am from Switzerland, married to a wonderful husband. I like horse ridding, especially endurance race =)

2. When did you start wearing hijab and what is your biggest motivation?
Awhile ago, and nobody forced me to wear it. To be honest I was scared at first, especially when you live in a non-Muslim country. I remember one day I was reading the book of stories of prophets and their beautiful and pious wife, I was very touched. Alhamdulillah God guided me to wear it.

3. What is your biggest fear of living in a non-muslim country compare to your hometown?
I'm not afraid to live in a non-Muslim country, after all I'm used to it. I was born in France, grew up in an Arab country and after living in Europe, but something is unbearable for me is racism. Since the attacks on America, media speculation has pointed the finger at Muslims. A Muslim is portrayed to be a "terrorist", a "refugee", or a "militant", but seldom a real human being.

For example: in Switzerland Muslim women have no right to work with her veil, we don't have Muslim cemetery. Switzerland has banned the construction of minaret. We are obliged to buy meat from butcher because Switzerland prohibited to slaughter sheep, same the day of Eid Al-adha and of course banning the burqa.

4. What is the weirdest question regarding hijab you’ve ever got?
Hahahah, yes. Do you have hair under your hijab? Oh yes, and they are very long.

5. How do you cope living uncomfortably in a non muslim country?
What I explained on the 3rd question, can frighten a Muslim living in a Muslim country. But generally you don't feel insecure. Young people got more spirit than those aged. I am proud to be Muslim and proud to wear the veil, so I feel quite at ease. Several times, men and women stopped me in the street to tell me that my veil or my style was beautiful.

6. Some says that fashion and hijab does not go in the same line. Women should not beautify themselves when go out, such as wear make up, perfume or shoes that make a loud sound when they walk outside. What do you think about that?
I have always said that a woman can be fashionable but do dress with some modesty, do not fall into ridiculous dress and makeup. Wearing the veil is defined as an act of faith in the practice of Muslim worship, an object of value and a recognition for all women who wear it, for herself. Everyone has to respect this.

7. What kind of style that suit you best?
Parisian chicness is my style. ‘Chic, Comfort, and Covered’. If I am not comfortable then I will not wear it. The most important rule regarding fashion is to make you look great and of course to make you feel comfortable.

8. What do you think about muslim women in Indonesia?
As I mentioned on my blog, personally I think that Indonesian & Malaysian girls are the epitome of fashionable Muslim. I like their style, hippie chic. They also have a nice way to wear the veil, beautiful women, very gracious and know how to combined fashion and hijab. My most inspiration is coming from Indonesian girls and I love the way they put color on them. For me Indonesia is the future of Islamic fashion.

9. Describe your best feeling of wearing hijab?
Wearing the veil is one of the most beautiful thing. We must try our best we can to be an example of humanity and to honor this gift of hijab.

This is an article about Hijab Scarf, Hijabs & Co and Breathe Hijab from Canadian daily newspaper La Presse, "Le hijab a la mode".

Special thanks to Lamia
Digital Imaging : Mrs. Fifi Alvianto
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Style Spotted : Fika's Wedding Dress

We are always fascinated by an Indonesian traditional wedding, especially when the bride wears hijab. It is amazing that Indonesia is not only culturally rich but also a modest country.

Nalia Rifika, the oldest daughter of the family met the oldest son of the family, Delonika Yuki Eka Putra brought two different culture in Sumatera, Indonesia. Acehnese met Padangnese. It was a delightful and colorful blend of cultures.

The wedding was held in 3 days. First day was the ijab/akad on December 10, 2010 when the bride and the groom had the marriage agreement and officially a husband and wife. Simple white and pink 'kebaya' to embrace the beauty of the bride. A silver jewelry completed the look and matched the tone of her makeup and her dress. Meanwhile the groom wore white traditional tux or what we called it 'beskap'.

The day after on December 11, 2010 Fika and Delon had a reception with Aceh tradition. Aceh is one of the cultures in Indonesia that got a strong influence from Arab, Turkish and Indian descent. Hence, the bride will typically wears a strong color material accessorize with heavy gold jewelry. The bride will hold some heavy material on her head. This is where they place all the head jewelries. Then, the head jewelries will be pinned in one by one to the bride’s head. According to Fika, the weight of her head at the wedding could be more than 8 kilos. Must have been a lot of work.

Fika also got her palms and her feet drawn Mehndi or also know as henna. Mehndi is a skin decoration that common applied during ceremony. In addition Fika wore a heavy gold hand jewelry to sparkle the wedding dress.

The ceremony ended on December 12, 2010 in a Padangnese reception or also called a Minang tradition. Padang, West Sumatera is another part in Indonesia that gets a strong influence from Arab. Red and gold are two essential color we could find from this tradition.

The bride and the groom wore a bright red traditional blouse embroidered in gold. Wearing a heavy jewelry by the bride and the groom is also part of the tradition. Therefore, the appearance of the bride would be considered incomplete unless the bride wore a big gold crown in her head or known as 'suntiang'. It is a very important element for the bride. The highest layers of the suntiang is eleven while Fika was wearing 5-7 layers. Imagine how tall it could be if the layers were up to eleven layers. The gold net fabric nicely covered Fika’s head and neck. This wedding proved that wearing hijab can be traditionally stunning and also well covered.

Special thanks to Fika & Delon

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