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[Aug 2005]

IKEA's new Edmonton branch contacted to design and produce a 'hijab' – a Muslim headscarf - that would fit in with their current uniform.

When IKEA first approached, their excited team was impressed that an internationally-acclaimed company like IKEA was making so much effort to accommodate Muslims in its workforce.

The challenge for the team was to create a hijab that had the IKEA branding; that was easy to put on without the need for pins - so avoiding any health and safety hazards; and that was something employees would feel comfortable wearing in a working environment, whether in the showroom or in the warehouse. It also had to be compact, without excess material flowing around, and meanwhile sticking to Islamic requirements.

After a few design ideas, the team decided to go with a two-piece hijab. The first piece acts as a cap covering the head, and the second fits over the cap to cover the neck, shoulder, and chest area.

The IKEA branding was added by using a navy blue coloured cloth, with a thin yellow line bordering the top of the cap and the edge of the bottom part of the hijab, finishing it off with the IKEA logo embroidered on the back. is now in its second year of trading and has been growing since its launch in June 2004. It has become the world's leading online retailer for Islamic headscarves, with orders coming in from Columbia, Canada, Bosnia, and even as far afield as Australia and Japan.

Its plans now include branching out into selling 'nasheeds' - Islamic songs - online. The new venture will be called ''.

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[Sep 2004] which launched in June, now unveils its new sporting range of head coverings.

This revolutionary range of hijabs has been created by Dutch designer, Cindy Van Den Breman to give Muslim girls and their gym teachers a safe alternative from the traditional hijab when taking part in sport. These stylish and non-fussy hijabs will ensure that Muslim girls are able to comfortably and safely participate in sports and physical activities without having to worry about their hijabs shifting and tearing apart!

The four designs that are currently on sale at are ‘Tennis’, ‘Skate, ‘Aerobics’ and ‘Outdoor’. Each design is unique in its style, material and is pin free!

The 'Tennis model' is made out of off-white stretchable polyester with a small black border around it. A strip of velcro makes it easy for you to close. 'Skate model’ is light and dark grey made with stretchable polyester with a small neo-green accent. It can be worn by pulling it over your head. The 'Aerobics model' is made out of white & black tricot (stretchable cotton) and can also be worn by pulling it over your head. Finally, the 'Outdoor model' is created with red fleece and closes with velcro in the neck, for a snug fit. is currently offering FREE DELIVERY and in cooperation with Ummah Foods a FREE Ummah Caramel chocolate bar will also be included with every order.

In addition, it is the policy of to give 10% of its profits to charity and hijab related causes. So, now buying a hijab is not simply shopping but making a positive difference!


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