Wednesday, 4 January 2012

January Giveaway and Product Review: Wahat Aljalabiya

Today's post is a giveaway and review in one...Hijab Style is giving you the chance to win a Tribal Treasures Silk Satin Jalabiya from Wahat Aljalabiya.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is click here to visit the giveaway page, and enter your email address and a description of the Tribal Treasures jalabiya in the comments box.

The deadline for entries is midnight GMT on Friday 13th January 2012. The best description will be chosen and the winner contacted via e-mail. Don't forget to tell all your friends and family too - the giveaway is open to entrants from all countries!

Read on for a review:

Wahat Aljalabiya are a Saudi-based company that relaunched their website late last year. They provide typical Middle Eastern-style dresses for casual and special occasions.

First Impressions

The fabric of this jalabiya is mainly a bright, orange and brown printed polyester (synthetic silk satin). Around the neckline, below the bust and on the cuffs is some beautiful embroidery, as well beads and sequins to give a 'jewelled' effect. Two different fabrics are used on the chest, a black velvet panel in the middle, and a black and orange striped fabric either side. There is also golden disc pendant in the middle.


A detailed size guide is provided on the website for each jalabiya, since the measurements differ for each design. When measuring, I found the shoulder measurement to be difficult to determine, so it wasn't a reliable size indicator (chest and hip measurements were more accurate to use). The sizes on the website are quite generous. Despite being sent a size small, and the fact that the jalabiya is cut to be slightly fitted at the waist, it generally fits well, if slightly snug.

As the jalabiya is unlined, the fabric does tend to cling to you; so it's best worn with a slip underneath. It is also quite long, so you may need to shorten it depending on your height.

With such a busy design, the jalabiya needs little else to accessorise it; it would work well with a simple brown hijab, gold sandals and minimal jewellery. As the fabric is quite thin, and generally would look lumpy with anything worn underneath, it's not the sort of thing I'd feel comfortable wearing outside, but works quite well as a house dress. In the photo below, I've worn it with my jewelled 'princess' shoes I bought in Istanbul a few years ago:


I liked the cut of the jalabiya and the lovely embroidery and detailing. Although the overall print is too busy for my liking; and the lack of a lining lets down what is otherwise a well-made dress.

 Don't forget to enter the giveaway here!

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