Are you wearing your Burkini to the beach?
Traditional Muslim women usually wear a covering over their clothing when they go outside of the home called the burqa. The history of what this particular clothing is called in the different regions of different cultures that are Muslim is vast, but Wikipedia has a great breakdown. For the purposes of this article, let's go with the burqa or sometimes spelled burka. So, what do Muslim women wear if they want to go to the beach? It can get hot under the clothing and swiming is surely not optimal. How about if you're a life-guard in Australia?
Well, thanks to a newly designed swimsuit called the burkini, things just got easier. Designed by Ahiida, a company out of Australia, the burkini is a mix of the traditional Burka, but it's blended with UV materials to block the sun's harmful rays, it's material is light and it's beach friendly. The designer says it's styled after Victorian era inspired swimsuits with minor alterations. It even has a cool hair-bubble/holder at the top (I'm guessing, to put long hair into it) and comes in different colours. Mondo Canuckistani is blogging about it and check out relignorant's take on the whole "life-guards also have a burkini designed for them and it's cool," photos. Here's the video that sparked my interest in this story.
"Like we used to always go to the beach, but now that I have the burkini, I can actually swim while I am at the beach," said Mecca Laala, Burkini Customer.