Getting Back to Basics: Know Your Hijab Fabrics!

Find out which type of fabric best suits your hijabwear needs.


This is a stretchable cotton material similar to the cotton fabric used to make T-shirts. The level of comfort it provides not only leaves us wanting more of it, it works well in warmer climates as it absorbs sweat easily. But do note that the fabric clings on to the face like “cling wrap”, so if you have a rounded face, it’s better to avoid using stretchable cotton as your hijab.


Do you often come across maxi hijabs in the market? That’s what viscose looks and feels like. The lightweight material makes it perfect for voluminous styles as it does not give a stuffy feeling when wrapped around your head. It is also affordable as compared to other types of fabric, so having viscose hijabs in a variety of colours won’t hurt your wallet.



Lightweight, sheer and airy – that’s what chiffon is all about. If you love draping, chances are you will love chiffon. It drapes well to produce an effortless flair both in the front and back, and it works incredibly well with the weight of gravity. The fabric is usually sheer and flowing, therefore, wearing an undercap is quite crucial to help secure it in place.


Headed for a glitzy night out? Then pick a satin scarf for that luxurious touch. Satin catches and reflects light from different angles, so try to avoid cheap-looking satin fabrics. Printed or plain, you can never go wrong with satin square scarves or shawls. If you’re a satin newbie, begin with dark colours and slowly make your way to the lighter ones as you gain confidence.


Polyester is a sturdy fabric made from synthetic fibres. It’s used mostly for items such as, clothes and home furnishings. Nowadays, there is a variety of polyester fabrics made for different uses. These, too, come in a variety of prints, so one can only gawk in excitement upon seeing some. Having said that, polyester might be a little unsuitable for hijabwear as the sweat absorption level is lower compared to natural fabrics.


Knits are suitable for colder weather, obviously. With the help of technology, knits now come with elastane, making the material stretch nicely according to usage. If you’re living in a country that has four seasons, it is likely that you may have a few thin knit scarves ready to be used during winter. No. I. Am. Not. Jealous.


Voile – or as I like to refer to it as the angel of all materials – has made its way into our closets as our friendly hijab. The fabric is lightweight, absorbs sweat rather well, and allows air in between the wraps of our hijabs because it is not a clingy material. The only drawback is that voile snags easily, and this might cause the material to tear from frequent use.

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