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Ways to Decorate Your Home with Islamic Art

With the recent decision of New York’s prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to increase their representation of Islamic  art, more attention is now being given to Muslim artists around the world.

Artists like eL Seed.

El Seed against a backdrop of his Calligraffiti art

The renowned French-Tunisian street artist el Seed centers his work around what he calls “calligraffiti”. Born in 1981 with Tunisian heritage, it was this heritage and its history that led him to study Arabic and incorporate Arabic calligraphy into his art, creating mesmerizing modern works with inspirational messages.

Bold in scale, El Seed’s most ambitious work has been his “project of peace painted across 50 buildings”: a mural across 50 buildings in Manshiyat Naser, a district of Cairo, Egypt, that can only be fully seen from a nearby mountain.

El Seed is not alone in the rising tide of artists from the Muslim world. Mehdi Bennaceri is an award winning Muslim photographer who travels the globe to document Muslim lifestyle and history. This includes stunning architectural shots of
mosques and palaces, but also forgotten bits of beauty in less known structures as well as snapshots into the day-to-day life of ordinary people. Mehdi Bennaceri is known for his passion for documentation and his mission to use his art to raise awareness  about social and cultural issues within the communities he visits.

Historically islamic art is known for three things, its grand architectural feats, complex geometric patterns or floral motifs and artwork with elegant calligraphy scripts.

However in the modern context, not only is Islamic and Muslim art visually stunning, from the work of contemporary artists to the documentation of everyday Muslim lives and history, but it is powerful—A statement of cultural pride. The unique characteristic of Islamic art is its timelessness. It blends into modern day homes of  everyday people, whether they inhabit a contemporary apartment or a traditional villa.

Ayat al Kursi in Modern Kufic Script

There are many Muslim artists creating beautiful, unique yet affordable work that will enrich your home. Artizara is proud to collaborate with Muslim artists such as Peter Gould, Salva Rasool, Aadil Abedi, Rabia Arshad, Ameena Khan, and Maaida Noor who beautifully synthesize the modern with the past.

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Peter Gould Modern Islamic Art Prints

Support global Muslim artists in their appreciation of peace, harmony, and beauty. Prints of their work available at
Artizara.com so you can bring a piece of the centuries old Islamic art tradition seamlessly into your modern home.

MODEST EVENING DRESSES? YES!

Long sleeves are back in style!

Here are some of the stunning dresses that have recently captured the media, bringing a fresh focus back to the elegance of modest fashion. In these past months there has been quite the hype about the two recent royal weddings. Even a couple months past, these fairytale dreams come true are on everyone’s minds.

Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex after her wedding in England on March 19th wore a dress designed by Claire Waight Keller. The young director of the French fashion and perfume boutique, Givenchy, is known for her work with Hollywood and her simple, sophisticated, and elegant designs. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress lived up to the designer’s reputation. With long sleeves, a boat neckline, and no flourishes or extra furnishings in sight the dress was the epitome of elegance topped only by the joy in Meghan’s smile!

At Alessandra de Osma and Prince Christian’s wedding in Peru on March 16th Allessandra’s wedding dress also sported long sleeves and a high neckline. Designed by Jorge Vázquez, yet again a modest and graceful dress captured the attention of the fashion world.

Alessandra de Osma’s Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress

But don’t despair…white is not just restricted to wedding wear. White dresses are really versatile. A white maxi dress is great for summer days and occasions that call for something a bit more elevated. Lace may be too formal but embroidered cotton eyelet takes the white long sleeve summer dress in a sweet, romantic yet refined direction; a great look to dress up or down.

Weddings were not the only popular events to have showcased renewed trends of modest fashion. The 2018 Oscar’s red carpet was rich with color, glam, style, and plenty of long dresses with long sleeves and modest taste. The red carpet never ceases to amaze with the sheer variety of styles and fashion on display, so here we have chosen a few favorites to highlight.

Mirai Nagasu Long Sleeve Blue Gown

Mirai Nagasu, the American figure skater and three-time Four Continents Figure skating Championship medalist, was well-dressed in a classy long blue lace dress looking to be inspired from the children’s animation film Frozen. Elegant and chic this long sleeve evening dress is the perfect representation of our favorite Disney ice princess Elsa.

Ashanti’s Gorgeous Gold Long Sleeve Dress

Here we have Ashanti, an American pop star singer who wore a marvelous gold dress with sparkles to match a disco ball. This fun loving pop star rocked her gold dress. A great evening dress for formal wear, prom, or even a night out with friends. A modest long sleeve gold dress can do it all!

Helen Mirren’s Elegant Long Sleeve Gray Sheath Dress

And don’t forget Helen Mirren’s stunning red carpet contribution. The amazing Actress has done it again. In a sheath maxi dress like evening gown, she has shown us the power behind simplicity. Easy to wear and stylish, Helen Mirren was certainly the all around winner of the night.

Discover unique modest dresses at Artizara with everything from modest evening gowns to maxi dresses, prom dresses, and comfortable everyday dresses. Here we try to highlight the modest fashion trends around the world and bring those styles right to you so you too can emulate the elegance style and glamor of some of the world’s top fashion icons.

 

Top Treasures of the Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey is known for its enchanting architecture, the exquisite carvings and murals that decorate the palace walls, the lavish lifestyle of its inhabitants, and of course the riches of jewels and gold hidden away in its treasury.

The palace was an important part of Ottoman history, a hub of literature, music, art, and Ottoman culture during the height of the empire. As a hub of the arts, jewelry making was especially important. Not only was the intricate jewelry beautiful, but it also was a show of an individual’s wealth and power. Worn by men and woman alike, jewelry making was, and still is an integral part of Islamic culture today. Considered one of the higher forms of art, jewelers not only made artisan jewelry but decorated everything from utensils and boxes, to clothes and weapons. And where better to find the finest assortment of treasures then from the royal treasury of the fabled Topkapi Palace.

It wasn’t until Sultan Abdülmecid(1839–61) that the treasury became open to public view, and with it, a higher appreciation for the craftsmanship of some of histories greatest artisans. Two pieces in particular stand out for their extravagance and workmanship. The first being the Spoonmaker’s Diamond.

One of the largest diamonds in the world, weighing in at 86 carats,  this pear-shaped diamond  is the Treasury’s most valuable single exhibit. It is considered the fourth largest diamond of its kind in the world.  A teardrop pendant to be strung on a necklace, it has been inspirational for Ottoman and Turkish jewelry. But despite being so well liked for its vibrancy and rarity, its history remains a mystery. Little is known about this jewels past but it certainly has the stories to match its sparkly façade, most commonly pertaining to its namesake.

As the story goes, a poor man found the gem in a pile of garbage. The poor man, not knowing what it was, is said to have then traded it away for a mere three wooden spoons. Keep in mind that this is one of the world’s largest diamonds. It was at least worth the bribes, ships and soldiers Napoleon’s Mother is rumors to have pawned it away for when trying to save her son from exile. We may never know the true history of this sparkly jewel, but this celebrated treasure will continue to awe and inspire many to come.

The second treasure, the Emerald Dagger, is a 17th century masterpiece made at the height of the Islamic jewelry making tradition.

Decorated weapons, typically worn by men, were an especially popular display of wealth. These weapons, much like the jewelry, were ornate and colorful. With enamel flower motifs, and inlayed jewels or Arabic calligraphy, they were a staple form of traditional Islamic or Arabic art. The Ayat al Kursi or verses of the throne were often inscribed on garments, weapons  and jewelry as a form of protection.

The dagger had not been meant to stay in Topkapi Palace. It was crafted as a gift to the imposing Iranian ruler Nadir Shah, a man who today is thought of as one of Persia’s greatest leaders. However the embassy had only just crossed the boarder when news of the ruler’s assassination reached them. With heavy hearts they returned home and the dagger remained in Istanbul. The dagger later regained its fame when shown in “The Light of Day” a popular Hollywood heist film released in 1964. Since then it has remained one of the most celebrated treasures of Istanbul.

These two treasures are relics of the past, but their artistic heritage inspires us even today. Much of what makes these masterpieces so beautiful lives on in current Islamic, Arabic, and Muslim jewelry making traditions. From the aesthetic, to the subject, to the intricacy born from a rich history for the appreciation of the arts.

Worn by men and woman alike, historical motifs, enameled flowers, and decorative calligraphy from the Quran are highlights of Middle Eastern and Arabic jewelry today, as much as they were in the past.

Even though most of us cannot afford a museum quality diamond, we can still enjoy inspired Islamic jewelry designs at Artizara, celebrating the tradition and history of Islamic, Arabic and Muslim jewelry.

 

Artizara Launches Ramadan/Eid 2018 Luxury Kaftan Collection

Kaftan (Arabic: qafṭān).

From ancient Turkish ‘kap ton’ or covering garment.

A garment of royalty, worn by sultans and queens throughout the Middle East for thousands of years. Fluid lines and elegant silhouettes that have stood the test of time. Artisanal patterns that start a meaningful conversation.

“This Ramadan season we celebrate the artistic traditions in Islam that date back over 1400 years”,  says Sarah Ansari, Artizara’s founder.  “

“Islamic artistic motifs, like infinite mosaics and fluid calligraphy, signify the vast diversity of the universe and a deeper meaning that resonates with people of all backgrounds.”

According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art,

“ As islam is not only a religion but a way of life, it fostered the development of a distinctive culture with its own unique artistic language that is reflected in art and architecture throughout the Muslim world.”

This season Artizara celebrates masterpieces of Islamic art, through the lens of the Kaftan.

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Opulent gold, lapis blue and turquoise tile from the famed Dome of the Rock inspire the Jamila kaftan.

The first piece of Islamic architecture created as a work of art in the 7th century, the Dome of the Rock represents the earliest stage of the emergence of a distinct Islamic visual style.

The Calafia kaftan features stunningly original visual composition inspired by a masterpiece: The 8th century Great Mosque of Cordoba.  A testament to Muslim artisans’ brilliance in melding regional traditions into their own unique architectural style.

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A study in brilliant color, the Cadira kaftan is decorated with rich, radiating mosaics evoking the dazzling dome of the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

An extraordinary combination of the familiar and the innovative, a formal stylistic vocabulary that can be recognized as ‘Islamic’ even today.

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The Hamra kaftan was inspired by the splendid plaster reliefs of the 13th century Moorish fortress: the Al Hamra (the Red One). A masterpiece from Nasrid Spain, a testament to one of the most extraordinary periods of art and culture in medieval Europe.

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Rich pigments in tones of gold, lapis lazuli, azurite, malachite and cinnabar decorated the fabled Alhambra. Whispers of those colors still remain amidst the lacy plasterwork, and inspire the Almeria kaftan.

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Pearlescent flowers carved in white marble that look so real, you want to touch them.

The Mumtaz kaftan was inspired by white marble reliefs from jewel of islamic art in India, the Taj Mahal. An ode to love, the Taj was dedicated by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to his wife Mumtaz Mahal in the 17th century.

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Expanses of intricate florals dancing in a heavenly garden. Patterns so precise, they look painted on. Colors still vibrant, centuries later.

A kaftan design inspired by sumptuous Parchin Kari, the art of precious stone inlay in white marble. An art that reached its height at the Taj Mahal.

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A Persian word that means ‘beloved’.

Decorated with ruby red blooms inspired by precious stone inlays at the Taj Mahal, against an unexpected black marble background. Non traditional, unique: the Nigar kaftan.

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The Baraka kaftan recalls the flamboyant flowers, fruit and cypresses that decorate the 17th century Blue Mosque, in Istanbul. Its Iznik tiles pictured more than fifty different tulip designs.

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Stylized blue florals inspired by the Blue mosque against a midnight black background. Brilliant geometric borders that evoke Islamic zellij tilework.

The Bushra kaftan is a pared down take on the traditional.

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Glittering. Brilliant. Fit for a Mughal queen.

The Zeba kaftan recounts the intricate mirror mosaics of the fabled 17th century Sheesh Mahal, Lahore.

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The Zeenat kaftan is a more modern interpretation of Sheesh Mahal motifs. A stylized rendering of the elaborate ancient mirror designs, in a way that’s very present day.

Artizara.com is an art-centric global Islamic lifestyle brand that celebrates the richness of Islamic art through creative modest fashion and lifestyle products.

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4 TIPS TO PICK THE BEST ABAYA FOR YOUR BODY TYPE

Muslim fashion is everywhere, with Hijabs and Abayas flooding the web and high streets alike. With the growing popularity of hijab fashion, the markets are definitely keeping up, with a wide range of different styles, patterns and colors for every occasion and look.

Alima Black Floral Maxi Dress Abaya
Alima Black Floral Maxi Dress Abaya

But with all this choice, you can sometimes find it even harder to choose a style that’s just right for you.  And it’s even more difficult to find excellent quality Abayas that are also perfect for your personality. So Artizara is here to help, with our tips for finding the perfect Abaya.

Whether you’re doing some online Abaya shopping or getting one personalized in a private shop, here are some tips to make sure you get exactly what you want from your Abaya Dress.

  1. Know your shape

It is totally useless buying a beautiful Abaya and then finding that it is the wrong shape for you. Sometimes we might see fantastic Abayas for sale and make a quick purchase, only to find that the shape of the dress is not geat on your figure, wasting our time and money. So here is  a quick run down of shapes and ways to style for them.

  • Pear Shaped – If you are pear shaped, pick up an Abaya or Jilbab with tight sleeves that flares out at the bottom from the waist.
  • Apple shaped – A loose fitting Abaya is perfect for casual day times and a streamlined simple dress is best for evenings with this body shape.
  • Hourglass – A nipped in waist is perfect for an hourglass, but maintaining a bit more modesty will involve a looser fit at the top and a wider bottom.
  • Rectangle shaped – The rectangle shape can wear pretty much any shape, but maybe stay away from a flared bottom and use a more streamlined look.

If you aren’t sure about your body type check out the video below.

  1. Choose Colors that Flatter

Although it may be appealing to pick a stand-out Abaya that will surely get you noticed in a crowd, remember that a vibrant block color or interesting design pattern can sometimes be very difficult to accessorize with and you might find you don’t wear it as often as you might have wanted to. This can be a big waste of money, but you don’t have to stick with traditional black either. Simply choose easily accessorized colors such as neutral tones like latte or mocha, darker shades like navy or marina blue or feminine shades like the ever popular dusty rose. Make sure you pick a color that you can find Hijabs and shoes for to glam up your dress when the occasion demands.

Olivia Navy Blue Everyday Abaya
Olivia Navy Blue Everyday Abaya
Zaira Embroidered Formal Evening Abaya
Zaira Embroidered Formal Evening Abaya

2. Choose the Right Fabric

Abayas can be a large part of your everyday life, and will cover a large part of your skin, so choosing a comfortable Abaya is the essential. Whether buying from a shop or online make sure you know the material that the dress is made from and that is suitable for the season. Here at Artizara we have Abayas in all different styles and colors from denim to silk to easy care fabrics  that spell comfort all day, every day.

Elsa Formal Evening Abaya Mocha
Elsa Formal Evening Abaya Mocha

3. Don’t Choose an Overly Fitted Abaya

Abayas can be flattering, but choosing a very fitted Abaya completely defeats the point of the dress. The Abaya is meant to be modest and comfortable, covering enough skin without compromising on modesty. The Abaya is a perfect way to honor your faith without looking drab and unfeminine, so choose a dress that is both modest and stylish.

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Marcella Formal Evening Abaya

4. Don’t Over- Accessorize

If you choose the right Abaya, accessories may not even be necessary. A beautiful bit of embroidery or a gorgeous pattern could be all that you need to look stunning, and if you do want to accessorize, choose something simple that complements your elegant and modest look.

Click here out to check out Artizara Abayas on sale.

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Stylish Modest Tunics : A Summer Staple

Here at Artizara, our priority is keeping you feeling cool and comfortable while looking stylish this summer. Whether beach bathing or sightseeing, we all like to look our best wherever we go. However, it’s hard to find that perfect ‘go to’ style that won’t let you down no matter how hot it gets.

That’s why this season we have fallen in love with our new range of summer tunics available in all different styles and colors. All made from beautiful breathable fabrics, and suitable for life’s many occasions, this modest look is perfect for long summer days and cool summer nights. Take a look!

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If you are looking for an interchangeable day to night modest tunic that is both elegant and cool then look no further than the Grace. This tunic comes in an array of gorgeous pastel colors to help you feel fresh in the summer sun, and is fully lined so there is no need to layer! The chiffon fabric is feather light to help you catch that breeze in the morning or the evening and enjoy your day or night ahead.

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Boho Chic

Staying cool in the city can be a challenge, especially if you live somewhere particularly busy. The last thing you want is to be caught out of style, which is why we recommend the stylish, denim Bea tunic. With Moroccan inspired braid work, the material is 100% breathable cotton, making this loose top perfect for wandering around town or catching up with friends on hot days. Pair with a light colored scarf and jeans for a flawless, fabulous, effortless look.

Lazy Days

Some summer days are best spent in the garden, walking around the park or just relaxing listening to music. On these occasions, it’s best not to go overboard, so the Leena is the one for you. A playful, feminine, pleated tunic that comes in a range of pale colors so you can coordinate with your favorite jeans or shoes on a calm day made just for you. A touch of lace make this piece dressy enough for you to throw on in case of last minute plans. Modest and comfortable, the Leena is one of our favorite pieces this summer.IMG_0165

Back to Reality

Although the summer is a glorious season, it isn’t all fun and games. Some of us gals have to work, but there is no reason to sweat out the season in the name of style. It doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom however, with our gorgeous and sophisticated Darya tunic. Perfect for social occasions, family gatherings or splashing a bit of color into the office, you’ll be turning heads this summer in this elegant, Persian inspired tunic. Made with a soft chiffon, the question on everybody’s lips will be ‘how does she stay so cool while looking so good?’. Pair with heels and a matching scarf for extra sophistication.

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Halima Aden graces Vogue as it’s first Hijab Fashion cover model!

“All eyes on Halima Aden: The runway star shattering stereotypes,” was the tagline that Vogue Arabia chose to accompany the gorgeous model from St Cloud, Minnesota, welcoming her to the long line of beauties who have graced the magazines cover. This groundbreaking cover, featuring Aden in a full Hijab, is the first of it’s kind, heralding in a new age of diversity in fashion.

Aden came to America at the age of 6 after being born in a refugee camp in Kenya. She became famous after making waves during the Miss Minnesota 2016 beauty pageant, where she was the first contestant in the pageant’s history to wear a hijab, and then a burkini during the swimsuit segment of the competition. She was later signed by IMG models and has since become the first ever hijab wearing model to walk international runways as part of a major agency. So far she has walked the catwalk at Milan fashion week, London modest fashion week and will act as a preliminary judge at this years Miss USA 2017 pageant.

Aden went on to gush about the cover shoot on her instagram, saying ‘that surreal and dreamlike feeling the moment you see yourself on the cover of @voguearabia cannot be explained! I’m beyond appreciative for the opportunity to grace the June cover!’

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Now it seems like the sky’s the limit for the 19 year old, who then later in July became the first hijab wearing model on the front cover of Allure magazine.

Accompanied by the caption ‘Muslim. Model. Destroyer of Stereotypes.’ the young beauty is opening the gates for millions of young Muslim women wanting to make it in the fashion industry.

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As a pioneer in the modest fashion world, founded in 2002 even before “modest fashion” was a phrase, we at Artizara have a lot to celebrate in Halima’s success. Hopefully this will only be the first of many beautiful Muslim women emerging into the ever changing and accomodating world of fashion. Congratulations Halima!

Packing for a modest vacation

Planning what to wear for your holiday can be a nightmare. From changing temperatures to uncomfortable plane journeys, it’s hard to stay looking your best. Well, now you don’t have to worry about planning ahead, because here at Artizara we have already done it for you! Here are 4 summer styles to suit any occasion you may encounter on your holidays.

For the plane

The dreaded plane journey doesn’t mean you have to look or feel any less than your best this summer, and we recommend you go for casual comfort with our gorgeous blue column dress. The Aara is a stylish, modest, everyday dress that can be worn in any weather and the fabric is wrinkle free so you don’t have to worry about falling asleep in an awkward position on the plane.
If you want to make it more dressy and less casual, you can wear a belt around the waist for a more nipped in look.aaralightbluethumb2

For the beach

Perfect for a day on the sand, the Kiran embroidered max dress is a pretty, floaty and flattering dress, perfect for the hot weather. It features a gorgeous egyptian style border and is also wrinkle free so even windy days aren’t a problem. The dress is fully lined and features a modest v shaped neckline leading to an empire waist and falling to an almost floor length skirt, perfect for hot but breezy summer days.Kiran-Embroidered-Modest-Abaya-Maxi-Dress---Aqua-BlueLifestyle

For formal & special occasions

Blue is the colour this season, we all have family dinners and special occasions that this look is perfect for. Modern and modest, the Najma embroidered formal Abaya maxi dress is fully linened so you don’t have to worry about coverage at formal occasions, but also has the added benefit of that chiffon look and never fails to make you feel fabulous.Najma_BlueTHUMB

For sightseeing

For a few days of sightseeing in the beating sun we have 2 recommendations. The loose and comfortable Amal top made from stretch cotton goes perfectly with our red Hamra maxi skirt, making a winning combination for walking around, trying to stay cool while you take in the sights this summer. The red on white combo is cool, stylish and casual, meaning you can explore any city in comfort and style on your summer vacation.2017-04-10_Umal_Sweaters_exported26HAMRA-BURNOUT-CHIFFON-FORMAL-LONG-MAXI-SKIRT---RED

Clothes and Gifts for Eid! – Getting Ready for Eid 2017

Getting Ready for Eid

Eid will be here before you know it. After the month of Ramadan, there are three days to celebrate with friends and family–giving gifts, eating lots of food, and everybody’s favorite, enjoying delicious homemade sweets. Maybe pistachio kahk, very tasty! But before the celebrations arrive, it’s a good idea to figure out what gifts you’re going to get everyone…

Gifts for Eid

Are you wondering what you’re going to get everyone? Hunting for just the right Islamic gifts, the perfect Muslim gifts? Artizara has a wonderful selection of the perfect gifts for Eid. Gifts and outfits that are fun, beautiful, and unique.

Browse through Artizara’s lovely necklaces, pendants, and rings. This this teardrop shaped necklace features beautiful Arabic calligraphy and would make a wonderful gift for someone in your family.

Stunning Islamic prints and canvases like this Peace Dove in Flight, created by internationally renowned artist Peter Gould, would look lovely in anyone’s home.

You’ll also find Ramadan throw pillows to beautify your gift recipient’s living room, Islamic coins for the collector in your family, and huge selection and variety of clothes. Artizara has the perfect Eid gift for every person you know.

Clothing Gifts for Eid

In many families, each and every person gets a new outfit (or more) to wear during the celebrations. Everybody, from grandma to the littlest ones, gets new clothes for Eid. That’s why Artizara has t-shirts for men printed with Arabic calligraphy, t-shirts with symbols of peace and more. There’s also an incredible range of modest dresses, tunics and scarves for women, including modest athletic wear. You’ll also find cute clothes for kids.  

You will love just going to one place online to get a little something for everyone. Artizara will save you time finding new clothing for Eid for the whole family. Use that extra time to be with your loved ones during the celebrations.

 

Dresses to Celebrate Eid

Have you thought about what you are going to wear to your Eid celebrations? Something new. Something interesting. Do you want to highlight the colors of summer with something bright and bold?

The Tilla Embroidered Evening Dress comes in this beautiful turquoise blue that reminds one of the sky in June.

If you’re going to evening celebrations too, then perhaps you want something a little more formal. Try the Nakhl Embroidered Formal Abaya Maxi Dress in Purple. The embroidery was inspired by 17th century Arabic manuscript illumination, so unique and beautiful.

You might also like the great selection of tunics. Here is the Selena Embroidered Long Muslim Tunic. It’s gorgeous in a delicate pink peach.

This year, Artizara has so many beautiful clothes for Eid, you can find something that’s just your personality. There are so many choices. In face, there’s a whole 2017 Eid collection. Take a look and find something you’ll love wearing to celebrate Eid.

3 Key 2017 Style Trends and How to Wear in Modest Fashion

2017 is the year that Islamic fashion and hijab wearing models really made waves in the mainstream fashion world.

From Kanye West casting hijab-wearing Somali-American model Halima Aden to make her runway debut at New York Fashion Week, to Cover Girl naming Muslim fashion guru and blogger Nura Afia their newest ambassador, to Indonesian fashion designer Anniesa Hasibuan proudly declaring “I’m here bringing the beautiful voice of the Muslim women, the peace and the universal values that fashion can offer”,  2017 has indeed started off to be a landmark year for Islamic fashion.

One thing all the fashionistas above demonstrated loud and clear: Modest fashion doesn’t mean boring. In fact Islamic clothing can be just the opposite. 2017 brings more choices than ever in modest Islamic fashion. Here are some key trends that we picked out that are super easy to adopt whether you’re hijab wearing Mulsimah or love modest dressing and modest clothing in general.

UTILITARIANISM

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Boxy shapes, loose silhouettes and oversize cargo pockets these workwear inspired trends have been around for a while but 2017 saw designers from A.L.C. to Isabel Marant making it a point to give everyday pieces a military- and workwear-inspired vibe.
Utilitarian pieces, by definition simple, not too revealing, meant for everyday wear; are perfect as key pieces of a modest or Islamic clothing wardrobe. Here are a couple of our favorite utilitarian pieces from Artizara:

To make utilitarian chic dressing work, remember to balance oversized proportions with tailored pieces and feminine silhouettes and materials that you can tuck in or layer smoothly.

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Sansa Utilitarian Long Tunic
Zora Utilitarian Maxi
Zora Utilitarian Maxi

 

STATEMENT STRIPES

Stripes got a real makeover on the Spring 2017 runways. Stripes have always been around but on the Spring 2017 runways, statement stripes were everywhere. From a reinterpretation of classic pinstripes to in your face bold stripes in every color, stripes are front and center this season.

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Stephanie Statement Stripe Abaya Dress
Stephanie Statement Stripe Abaya Dress

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Here’s our interpretation of statement stripes that balances classic with attention grabbing so that it will last even when the current trend is behind us.

SUPER BRIGHTS

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Nakhl Purple Orchid Abaya Dress
Nakhl Purple Orchid Abaya Dress
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Saba Emerald Green Silk Chiffon Abaya Dress

Color was everywhere and the only rule seemed to be: Wear lots of it!

Take your pick from the multicolour favorites of Spring Summer 2017. From Kermit green to sunshine yellow, rainbow brights give you more choices than ever in your Islamic clothing wardrobe. Here are some choices from Artizara. From