Bushra Bibi, the wife of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan, stole the spotlight during the swearing-in-ceremony last week with her white niqab, known as “al-Hayek” in North African countries and it is the traditional dress for women in Algeria.
After pictures spread of Bushra Bibi’s white attire, Algerians praised the traditional dress and expressed their joy with seeing Pakistan’s first lady wearing it on social media.
Al-Hayek is an off-white full body dress, usually made of wool or silk, and sometimes a piece of fabric is added to cover the face without the eyes.
Women of Algeria wore al-Hayek on top of their cloths to cover up their bodies when leaving the house.
So, could Bushra Bibi bring this traditional costume back to life?