By Lubna Hamdan
British retail giant House of Fraser has launched a new line of sporty hijabs and bathing costumes for Muslim women.
Designed by modest sportswear brand Shorso, the collection is aimed at making it easier and more comfortable for Muslim women to engage in sports and swimming.
“We are very proud of our achievements with House of Fraser and will be growing our product range within the next few months,” said Shorso’s Regional Commercial Director, Jessica Robinson.
“We inspire people to be active without compromise,” she added.
The range includes differently coloured bodysuits and “light-weight” hijabs.
Because the products are made of 80 percent nylon and 20 percent spandex, they’re considered lighter and more durable than normal ones.
Though some international sports events have previously banned the hijab, they are now allowing its use for religious reasons.
The surge of modest sportswear has encouraged Muslim women to participate in athletic activities that they would otherwise not be able to partake in.
Not long ago, Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari, who wears a hijab, revealed she’s planning on participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Nicknames the Ice Princess in the Hijab, Lari wants to prove that a covered Muslim woman can make it to the anticipated global happening.
“I'm very lucky and haven't found any difficulties due to my hijab. I have both Muslim and non-Muslim skating friends all over the world and they all support me and understand my hopes, dreams and goals. We all have a mutual respect for one another,” she told Arabian Business.
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