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  • Smart-ening up the hijab: the materiality of contemporary British Muslim veiling in the physical and the digital

Suterwalla, Shehnaz, 2017, Book Section, Smart-ening up the hijab: the materiality of contemporary British Muslim veiling in the physical and the digital The Ashgate Research Companion to Veils and Veiling Practices. Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Farnham, England. ISBN 1472455363 (In Press)

Abstract or Description:

The contemporary Muslim hijab (veil) in Britain takes its form through myriad material expressions including individual style shaped around current fashion trends. Yet its religio-cultural history and connections with activist youth identity politics makes it a contentious object that provokes much debate and interpretation. This essay concentrates on the hijab's materiality and affect: specifically it explores how the material handling of a piece of cloth or scarf, how its feel and its texture, allows Muslim women to create a Muslim identity through embodiment based on their feelings, desires and subjectivity. The essay explores the manipulation of the cloth, its folding and draping, and how this transforms a wearer’s identity into a Muslim ‘look’ for a Muslim ‘self’. The discussion unravels the ways in which the crafting of the hijab exposes a wearer’s skill and dexterity to create different affects; it also considers technological innovation and tech-inspired design change as factors that create new opportunities for Muslim women to subvert stereotypes and fashion systems though ‘smart' hijab wearing.

Subjects: Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V370 History of Design
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2016 15:33
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 15:47
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2481
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