Hijabi runner

a cool, comfortable garment offering full coverage

Designing a garment for Muslim women for recreational running which is both performance enhancing and culturally appropriate.

SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE

What Muslin women consider appropriate for their culture

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MOST CONSERVATIVE

The majority of Muslim women agree that neither the most

conservative or the least conservative is the most appropriate.

LEAST CONSERVATIVE

OPPORTUNITY

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.

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LACK OF PRODUCT FOR THE RECREATIONAL RUNNER THAT:

Reduces Layers

Preserves Modesty

Increases Mobility

Helps with Heat Regulation

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INTENTION

To provide a product that enables Muslin

women to feel comfortable &

successful in their active pursuits.

FUNCTIONAL DETAILS

The Goal:  To design a garment for women who prefer modest wear for running in a hot, dry environments.

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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.

Night
Carbon
Sand
Mirage

AESTHETIC DETAILS

Geometric color blocking & contouring lines inspired by Islamic architectural elements

that follow the shape of the body to flatter but not reveal the figure.

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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

IDEATION

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
cowl
Perforated
Perforated at side of head to give the head more ventilation
Elastic channel
Visor attached to hijab for heat & sun protection
Perforated at underarm
Mesh panels
Scallop hem to give
more range of motion
Mesh panels 
at lower leg
Elastic channel at waist
Loops & lacing at
back hijab panel
for fit 
adjustment
Low rise & fuller silhouette through the hip & thigh for more coverage

PROCESS

Focus on draping throughout the prototyping stages to determine the volume placement & amount to provide coverage, but not hinder motion.

INITIAL DRAPE

Cutting & pinning different shapes on the dress form to determine the overall silhouette.

FIRST PROTOTYPE

Sew sample to check shapes.  Most interested in the side profile of the sleeve.

HIJAB PROTOTYPE

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.

FINAL SKETCHES

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

FABRICS:  

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

CONCLUSION

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.

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