Muslim society has been living among non-Muslim society for centuries however in recent days the divisions have perhaps been amplified. When one particular front expresses boundaries and harsh words in response to different culture, the polar opposite front often expresses equal amounts in the other direction. Because life has many facets and faces, the various directions of societal counter-action are plentiful. Some result in positive and some result in negative outcomes. One of the best ways to express emotion and strong thoughts is through art and creativity. This way we can shift the emotional and mental energy from a place of potential to an output that remains safe yet effective on a civilised level.
By adopting Muslim fashion ideas with open arms, many in the West have made their point that they do not fear this new influx of ideas. Sharing ideas after-all, is a large part of what makes us human. An idea need not be words, and as we all know words can be used to excuse and to hurt, an idea can be a shape, a pattern, a mannerism, or any other subtle adjustment to preference. Fashion, after-all, means the way something is designed, and this can point to all aspects of one's being and doing. Naturally, when something is brought into mainstream consciousness and shown validation in a new light, the ideas and gestures become normalised to a certain degree.
British Muslim Dina Torkia recently published a book called Modestly. It portrays her journey as a religion inspired artist to create fashionable clothes that resemble the Muslim style. She especially wanted to teach the virtue of modesty in her work, hence the name of her book. After noticing many great reviews, I'm certain Modestly will be a worthwhile read.
Religion has been involved in fashion recently before, with the New York Met displaying some highly valuable articles from the Vatican. This time, New York Fashion Week last September showcased crowdfunded fashion icon Eman Idil Bare and her collection of Muslim inspired clothing.
To top off this recent flourishing of Muslim inspired fashion, the de Young Museum in San Francisco is showing a collection called Contemporary Muslim Fashions. These items show off the elegance and beauty of the female Muslim dress in full walk-through displays. Running until the beginning of next year, it's hoped that this exhibition will readdress some of the unbalanced books when it comes to cultural recognition in America.
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Via - Religion News Service
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