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  • n. A head-to-toe swimsuit, enabling women to conform to the Islamic dress code when bathing on a public beach.


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Blend of burqa and bikini



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  • while burqini is far the catchier option, hajibni would be more accurate.

    also, WHA?!

    also, you could totally sell this in Korea (maybe with an additional face-mask)

    September 13, 2009

  • Also spelled burkini.

    May 29, 2008

  • "Aheda Zanetti spent her youth afraid to go into the water for fear of contravening strict religious dress-codes. Five years ago, when the Muslim designer saw her niece playing netball in layers of skin-covering clothes, she became inspired. Now Zanetti's creation, the burqini, is part of a large exhibition in the State Library that examines the way Victorians have holidayed over the years, Victorians On Vacation.

    Inspired by the burqa, Zanetti chose the catchy name burqini, took samples to an Islamic and it was a hit. Zanetti's Ahiida Swimwear and Sports Apparel is busy churning them out for local sales and export and giving talks. Exhibition curator Clare Williamson says we have come full circle in swimwear - 'from the 19th century, when we covered up, to the 20th century, when suits got skimpy, and recently to covering up again, whether it's the burqini or awareness about the effects of the sun. What's interesting is that it has been embraced by non-Muslim women too, Williamson says. Zanetti fields orders from non-Muslim countries, such as the Netherlands and Poland, from local Christians, Jews, Mormons and others who prefer modest attire."

    - 'An itsy bitsy teenie weenie mellow burqini' in The Heral Sun, Harbant Gill, 25 Feb 2008.

    February 26, 2008

  • I'm not Muslim, but I'm kind of surprised the burqa-wearing crowd allows those bright colors. I thought there was something special about black. And isn't more of the face supposed to be covered? I hope I'm not just being ignorant, but I was under the impression that only the eyes are permitted to be seen.

    March 9, 2007

  • That NYT article is where I got the word. I'm fascinated by the concept.

    March 9, 2007

  • Oh, I don't think it looks all *that* bad. Considering the poor woman could NEVER go to the beach before that without sweltering under an actual burqa....

    Then again, not much of a tan. ;-)

    March 9, 2007

  • In an article in the NY Times this morning, no less!

    March 9, 2007

  • it was an ugly fugly, and yet seemly, yellow polka dot burqini.

    March 9, 2007

  • A quick Google search confirms my speculation... this really is a burqa bikini. One of the oddest things I've seen in a while. :-)

    March 9, 2007