a cool, comfortable garment offering full coverage
Designing a garment for Muslim women for recreational running which is both performance enhancing and culturally appropriate.
What Muslin women consider appropriate for their culture
The majority of Muslim women agree that neither the most
conservative or the least conservative is the most appropriate.
A garment that combines lifestyle & sport
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Competitive product is too form
fitting & technical in appearance.
Traditional apparel can be heavy,
hot & hinder movement.
LACK OF PRODUCT FOR THE RECREATIONAL RUNNER THAT:
Helps with Heat Regulation
To provide a product that enables Muslin
women to feel comfortable &
successful in their active pursuits.
The Goal: To design a garment for women who prefer modest wear for running in a hot, dry environments.
COTTON/VISCOSE: Moisture wicking, anti-odor, breathable, luxurious handful, naturally UPF 50+ protection.
LIGHT LAYERS: Light loose, airy layers to stay cool in hot temperatures.
VENTILATION: Utilize mesh & wicking fabrics to increase ventilation & cool the body.
Geometric color blocking & contouring lines inspired by Islamic architectural elements
that follow the shape of the body to flatter but not reveal the figure.
MIXED MATERIALS: Mesh & perforated areas in high sweat zones to help with heat regulation.
COLOR BLOCKING: Modern & on trend, reminiscent of Islamic architectural elements.
CONTOURING LINES: Style lines follow the shape of the body to flatter the wearer & create a long lean lines
Design a garment for women who prefer modest wear for running in hot, dry environments
Wide criss cross bands at back of head for a secure fit
Separate cowl piece attached to tunic to pull her head & face if desired
Side openings to allow for better range of motion at lower body
Drawstring channel under chin & behind head for adjustable fit
Elastic channel at back of head so hijab stays put while moving
Underarm panels in a lighter, sweat wicking fabric (mesh)
Knit rib for waist impression
2 piece hood to achieve a closer fit at the crown of the head
Back "storm flat" for ventilation to help with heat regulation, mesh at body
Separate garment to provide more
arm & bust coverage with attached
Perforated at side of head to give the head more ventilation
Visor attached to hijab for heat & sun protection
Perforated at underarm
Scallop hem to give
more range of motion
at lower leg
Elastic channel at waist
Loops & lacing at
back hijab panel
Low rise & fuller silhouette through the hip & thigh for more coverage
Focus on draping throughout the prototyping stages to determine the volume placement & amount to provide coverage, but not hinder motion.
Cutting & pinning different shapes on the dress form to determine the overall silhouette.
Sew sample to check shapes. Most interested in the side profile of the sleeve.
Modifying fit of the fabric
over the head to ensure
a secure fit
HIJAB SECOND PROTOTYPE
Testing the fit & function of the double hood feature where top layer can be worn as a cowl.
FULL PROTOTYPE - FRONT
Sewn garment to test pattern, overall proportions, construction & finishing.
FULL PROTOTYPE - BACK
Check overall fit & function to confirm running mechanics & comfort are not compromised.
An increase in exercise & the growing population comes the need to provide product that specifically address what Muslim women need to feel comfortable & successful in their active pursuits.
TECHNICAL FLAT: Topper
Perforated at underarm panel & central back for better air flow & ventilation. Soft knit cowl can be worn over the head as a hijab or around the neck as a cowl.
TECHNICAL FLAT: Hijab Runner
All in one running garment with attached hijab, front zipper entry, ankle cuff. Mesh panels at underarm, outer leg, & side back to help with thermoregulation to wick sweat & keep the wearer cool in the heat.
Cotton/Modal/Spandex Knit: Soft handful on neck & face, absorbent, cool to the touch, breathable
Polyester Mesh Knit: Light, sweat wicking, breathable for use in areas requiring ventilation
Cotton/Viscose/Lycra Knit: Moisture wicking, anti-odor, breathable, luxurious handful, naturally UPF 50+ protection
In further exploration of this product & this space I'd like to look more in depth into performance benefits for
the athlete & address issues on how to make this garment more aerodynamic as well as supportive.
THE HIJABI RUNNER
The final product is a form concealing garment that would expand the recreational athlete's options. No woman should feel like she can't attain her athletic goals because she feels uncomfortable or self-conscious.