Most of us don’t know the difference between all this types of veils, but since we are all a mix of nations, it will be nice to learn about each other. Women around the Middle East, Asia and Africa embrace traditional and Islamic dress through fashion in many different ways and while it can be confusing for people who aren’t familiar with the culture, it shouldn’t have to be. The same goes for men in the region.
The Quran references to “hijab,” which is described not as an article of clothing but something as a curtain or “separation” that allows for privacy.
Hijab – particularly in the West, for all Islamic veils, but is mainly used to mean a head scarf.
Jilbab – mentioned in the Quran, the term generally refers to a protective article of clothing, not a specific garment. In Indonesia, jilbab refers to any head-to-toe style of modest dress, especially a head scarf, but in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula it typically means a long dress or tunic.’
Dupatta – Worn in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, transparent to heavily ornate.
Esarp – worn mostly by Turkish women, many colors, designs and an esarp is silk.
Tudung – Indonesia and Malaysia.
Chador – Iranian women when outside the house and is a full body cover.
Gele – West Africa – colorful, bright and vibrant wrap around the head.
Pashmina – rectangular scarf made from very fine cashmere.
Burqa – covers the entire face and body.