How Do I Wear a Khimar?

Some khimars are shoulder-length while others extend to the floor.
Some khimars are shoulder-length while others extend to the floor. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The khimar is one of many types of veils or head coverings worn by Muslim women. Wearing a khimar or niqab is common in Middle Eastern, Asian and Arab cultures. The khimar allows the shoulders and arms a full range of motion yet it protects the wearer from the sun's rays and nonconsensual viewing. A square scarf or pashmina is necessary to wear this style.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair barrettes or bobby pins (optional)
  • Cloth bow pin or safety pin

Hold the scarf above your head with one end in each hand and center it.

Lay one of the edges across your forehead just above your eyebrows.

Tuck the remaining fabric on each side behind each ear. Use hair barrettes or bobby pins to hold the fabric in place, if desired.

Allow the sides of the square khimar to fall along your cheeks. Adjust the folds to prevent bulkiness.

Place your hands on each side of your head and slide them down to your chin. Connect the scarf where your wrists meet each other.

Pin the fabric together with a decorative fabric bow pin, or use a safety pin to connect it inside and underneath the fabric to hide the pin.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can purchase a khimar that is already sewn in a conical tube shape. This allows you to slip it quickly over your head.

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