If you’ve been buying your stylish abayas from Hijab House, you may have noticed that most of our products are crafted from premium Nida fabric, which originated from Saudi Arabia. Nida (or Nidha) is soft and silky to the touch and is highly favored for its pliable and lightweight properties, making it the most suitable material for abayas in the UAE, where we experience unforgiving heat year-round.
Crêpe or crape can be made from silk, wool, or synthetic fibers. It is easily distinguishable for its wrinkled appearance and grainy texture. Its one of our favorite materials to work with because of its flowy drape quality and moderate stretch. There are different varieties of crêpe available in the market, including crepe de chine, plisse crepe, Moroccan crepe, and georgette.
Polyester is a general term for any type of fabric made from polyester yarns or fibers. It was invested in 1941 by British chemists John Rex Whinfield and James Tennant Dickson, who mixed ethylene glycol and terepthalic acid to come up with the plastic-based fabric. Polyester is known for its lightweight yet durable quality—it doesn’t stretch or shrink, and it doesn’t wrinkle either!
Since it’s a synthetic fabric, polyester lacks the breathability of its natural counterparts; hence, we wouldn’t recommend wearing polyester pieces when the weather is extremely hot and humid.
Cotton fabric is made from the natural fibers of the cotton plant’s seedpod. Although it wrinkles easily and has the tendency to shrink, it still remains popular because of its breathability and durability. Cotton can absorb moisture and perspiration during hotter seasons and can retail body heat in cold weather. Just like crepe, cotton also comes in different weights, making it one of the most versatile fabrics to work with.
Chiffon is a lightweight fabric made of twisted filaments of silk, rayon, or other synthetic fibers. Since this fabric is extremely see-through, it is often partnered with heavier material such as satin or nida. Its sheer appearance and luster makes it the perfect material for evening wear and flowy skirts and dresses.