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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.

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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.

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Abaya: The Muslim Maxi Dress

A good Abaya can be your best friend, especially in the heat of the summer sun. However the Abaya fulfills many other purposes than being just a staple fashion piece.

Although Abayas come in an array of different colors and are available around the world, original abayas were all black Abayas, and in the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, they are mostly still black in color. The Abaya was originally a one piece garment that allowed the wearer to maintain complete modesty and respect for their body, however it also served a different purpose. Among communities, the uniformity of the Abaya allowed for class division to be ignored. With all women wearing the same style of clothes, there was very little to differentiate rich from poor; bringing more people together through their shared faith rather than driving them apart with hierarchy.

Nowadays, and especially in Western countries, the Abaya dress is a fashion symbol that blends culture and religion across many spaces. The Abaya and Jilbab (traditionally covering the head and hands also) are comfortable, breathable and fashionable, making for excellent summer wear and so many different styles means you can find one that’s perfect for any occasion.

Here are some of our stylish Abayas for sale now!

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The Merve embroidered formal abaya dress is the perfect formal Abaya for an evening occasion. Whether it’s a family dinner or a night out with friends, the Merve is stylish, modest and simple, and easy to accessorize with anything. With dramatic embroidery inspired by 10th century Persian art, the Merve will become an essential part of your modest evening outfit repertoire.

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The Olivia on the other hand is a fantastic, casual maxi dress made from a super soft comfortable material with soft pleats at the waistline for a nipped in look. Lightweight and easy to wear, this Abaya is the same as throwing on your favorite jeans and t shirt. Accessorize with a cute print Hijab for a stylish and streamlined look, ideal for chilling out this summer to fall.

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Last but not least, take a look at the Kulus, a gorgeous chiffon Abaya in a modernist abstract print to make you stand out from the crowd. Light and airy, this dress features cross over pleats and an included coordinating scarf for a put together look. This dress is a perfect all-rounder; whether at work, at dinner or just walking about town, the Kulus will make you feel feminine and romantic wherever you go.

For all these and more check out our range of stylish Abayas online now!

 

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

MOD MODEST ABAYAS FOR SALE

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No matter how you spell it—abaya or abayah—Islamic long sleeve dresses are proving to be the trendiest traditions for modern Muslim women. Why else would design giants Dolce & Gabbana kick off the year with a line of mod abayas featuring polkadots, flowers and fruits? For the same reason Artizara (your online shop for modest clothing for women) offers playful printed abaya dresses…because these timeless numbers suit your 21st century lifestyle!

No matter the occasion, this long and loose Lily maxi dress is designed to impress. Ever versatile, the fully-lined abaya comes with a removable waist tie so you can wear it belted, or not. Crafted in easy-care chiffon, the black and purple print includes flattering princess seams for shaping, a modest round neckline, on-seam pockets at the waist, and loose sleeves gathered into elastic cuffs. Just add a pair of strapped sandals and a smart scarf and you’re good to go!

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Be ready to wow in this contemporary caftan with antique linear hand-beading and pretty pendant which mimics the Arabic letter “waw”. The band collar, button placket and cuff sleeves with roll tabs blend functionality with fashion while the fully-lined soft chiffon fabric is both comfortable and conveniently modest. In other words, there’s no need to layer! Best of all, this formal abaya is cut from a sleek crepe to evoke the richness of eras past—yet with a modern flair. If that’s not enough, the understated granite maxi dress comes with a coordinating soft chiffon scarf to ensure a stylish ensemble.

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Bring out your sunny personality when you don this daffodil abaya. Perfectly flexible, the fully-lined maxi dress lets you feel relaxed and casual as well as feminine and formal since you can wear it either with or without the removable waist tie. Figure in the flattering princess seams for shaping and on-seam waist pockets for convenience and you’ve got a must-have fashion staple with modest round neckline and loose sleeves with gathered elastic cuffs. The modern multicolored print also expands your accessory options for a multitude of matching wraps.

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Make a bold fashion statement in the vibrantly vogue Zakira with slimming lines of crochet lace along the princess seams. Crafted in soft stretchy crepe and lined for opacity, the comfortable yet chic abaya boasts a straight silhouette that’s bound to turn heads. In addition to offering a sweetheart neckline, rear invisible zipper and long cuffed sleeves with a single button closure, this maxi dress transitions from day into evening as easily as it does from traditional to trendy as it meets your evolving needs.

Have a Stylish Summer in Designer Abayas

Now that the weather is getting warmer, designer abayas are a must for every modest wardrobe. Whether keeping it casual or going formal, any woman wearing these loose floor-length long dresses will appear conservative and classy—while being comfortable!

Artizara offers high quality Islamic clothing with a full line of abaya designs that are a cut above the rest. Designed and shipped from California, our versatile collection features an abaya for every woman and any occasion.

This Tamara color-blocked Islamic maxi dress is perfect for running errands, meeting friends or spending time with family members. The easy, relaxed silhouette sports a squared-neckline with raglan sleeves while boasting a modern design. If that’s not enough, the casual abaya includes a free hijab in ivory and charcoal.

Lulu Gray Pearl Embroidered Maxi Dress Abaya with Free Hijab
Another contemporary classic is this Lulu embroidered abaya. Available in gray pearl, this modest, long dress features tasteful geometric zig zag embroidery that projects a flattering, lean look. The easy-fitting princess seams and full flowing skirt are appropriate for both casual and formal events—especially since the abaya comes with a free matching Muslim hijab.

Gabi Hand Beaded Beige Maxi Dress Abaya with Free Hijab
Our glamorous Gabi gown also comes with a complementary Islamic hijab. Inspired by Art Deco designs, this tone-on-tone Muslim dress is adorned with twinkling beads and rhinestone buttons to ensure sparkle and style blend to breathless perfection.

Gold Beige Lace Long Sleeve Modest Islamic Maxi Dress Abaya
Nothing says formal attire more than our Marian maxi dress with lace accent and coordinating soft chiffon scarf. Shimmering shades of golden sand reflect off the iridescent chiffon skirt of this designer abaya, which includes functional mother of pearl buttons on the sleeves for added pizzaz.

Lamees White Formal Long Islamic Maxi Dress Wedding Abaya with free Hijab
One of our grandest gowns is also one of our most simplistic abayas. That’s because fashion finery requires little more than the understated elegance found on this white Lamees long maxi dress with free hijab. A sweeping train of abstract brocade fabric is accented by a scoop boat neck and rhinestone button cuffs to guarantee anyone who wears this Islamic dress will be the belle of the ball this summer—or in any season.

Wear Modest Maxi Dresses to the Max

Great thinkers have always been focused on the virtues of modesty. Back in ancient Greece, philosopher Diogenes said, “Modesty is the color of virtue,” while Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten observed, “When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the luster of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars.”

The Western world also noted the merits of modesty, as British writer Arthur Helps wrote, “There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit.”American author Louisa May Alcott added, “The great charm of all power is modesty.”

Centuries later, it’s no wonder modest dresses have remained a fashion staple for women around the world—and women online. Today, Artizara offers easy-to-order modest maxi dresses, kaftans and long sleeve gowns suitable for formal occasions and everyday wear.


Abda Teal Kundan Beaded Long Iridescent Abaya Dress with Hijab

The beaded Abaya dress in iridescent chiffon with matching teal hijab is inspired by traditional Indian jewelry via the hand-sewn Kundan beading around the notch neckline and bell sleeves. The slimming inverted pleats at the bodice and full, flowing skirt at the waist make this long sleeve gown a must-have for any formal event.


Azza Purple Islamic Formal Long Dress with Hijab

Nothing is more regal than purple—especially when this Azza formal gown features an empire waist and asymmetrical pleated sash for a graceful cascade. With a built-in bra, all you have to add is the matching hijab and you’re ready to go to that special event.


Hiba Lace Accent Long Sleeve Modest Islamic Maxi Dress with Wrap Scarf - Navy  & Mocha

Elongate your silhouette with the Hiba lace accent maxi dress. In this long sleeve, long modest dress, you’ll appear simply elegant and stylishly chic no matter where you go—especially when you add the matching wrap scarf.


Kulus Abstract Print Chiffon Modest Islamic Maxi Dress with Scarf - Mocha

For a freshly feminine flair, wear this figure-flattering Kulus print chiffon maxi dress which comes with a coordinating soft chiffon wrap scarf.


Black & Red Celia Hooded Long Sport Maxi

No matter the weather, no matter the deed, there’s no better attire than the sporty hooded Celia long maxi dress. Whether you’re running around town doing errands or relaxing at home, this comfortable modest dress has everything you need, including a wind-repellant fabric and hood with drawcord to keep you warm; kangaroo pockets with velcro tabs to keep your belongings secure and your hands free; and a colorful two-tone design to keep you in style.


These are just a few of the many modest dress Artizara offers. To view the entire line of long maxi dresses and long sleeve caftans, visit http://www.artizara.com/.

Wardrobe essentials in Islamic clothing

4 Islamic Wardrobe Essentials

Edith Head, who won a record of eight Oscars for her costume designs, once said, “Building a proper wardrobe is like building a home. Indeed, you should think of it like a home because it is something you’re going to live in. It must be comfortable and suit all your needs.” When it comes to Islamic clothing, there are a handful of staples to meet your needs.

  1. Hijabs – Whether made of printed or plain fabric, a hijab is a key element in dressing modestly yet that doesn’t mean it must lack style. Look for linen headwraps with sequins, or chiffon and silk ones with hand beaded borders. Soft, comfortable and breathable, the right hijab will make you look and feel good!
  2. Muslim Dresses – When it comes to choosing a Muslim dress, an abaya is a must. Although these long garments traditionally were worn in black, now you can find them in a variety of colors and styles to meet today’s needs. Zia chambray denim Safaris are ideal for shopping; Celia hooded sport maxis suit active days; and Alima button-down belted maxis are great to wear around the home—or anywhere. For special occasions, there are a number of formal caftan dresses, some of which are adorned with jewelry, embroidery or come with matching hijabs.
  3. Bottoms – Make sure your bottoms are the tops when it comes to fashion—and comfort! To ensure they fit well, look for long flared skirts made of French terry or stretch cotton with a rollover waistband; and wide-legged cotton trousers or silk palazzo pants with a stretch waistband.
  4. Tops – So long as you opt for long-sleeved and loose fitting tops, Muslim clothing offers you many options such as button-down shirts, long-collared tunics, belted stretch jerseys, plus jackets and sweaters—all of which come in a bevy of colors from maroon to mocha and more!

Like the structure on which a home is built, once you create your wardrobe with these essential pieces you can then add decorative elements and accessories to express your personality. Whether seeking casual or formal wear, Artizara has a wide selection of Islamic clothing that’s ready to move into.

WHAT TO WEAR ON NEW YEARS ?

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Have a New Years or holiday party invite and not sure what to wear?

If you’re a modest dresser, we know what a challenge it is to find stylish modest formal dresses. Look no further, Artizara is your one stop shop for your all modest Islamic formal dress needs.

Our line of modest Islamic long dresses is designed with you in mind, and features the finest materials and just the right finishing touches to make you sparkle and shine, modestly. No revealing necklines or thigh high slits here. All our modest formal dresses are long sleeve formal dresses, fully lined, and even include coordinating hijabs, so you don’t have to stress over looking perfectly put together this New Years Eve.

Beware of imposters. We’ve become aware that copy cat Artizara impersonators are duplicating our lovely photo shoot images, putting their own company mark on them and promising to send you our dress at a fraction of the price… Well, you get what you pay for, and it won’t be the dress in the Artizara picture! So, don’t say we didn’t warn you:). If in doubt look for the video, our site features a video clip of our model too, something the imposters can’t copy.

So take the guesswork out of looking good this holiday season. Take 20% off all stylish modest formal dresses this week only, with code NY2015 (expires 12/23/14). What will be your New Years look?

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