No more black abaya in Saudi Arabia according to Saudi prince Mohammad bin Salman. The Saudi royalty who brings new climate to the kingdom and a lot of political and cultural changes said ‘Women should decide what type of clothing she should wear as long as it is decent and respectful’.
“The laws are very clear and stipulated in the laws of sharia (Islamic law): that women wear decent, respectful clothing, like men,” Mohammad bin Salman said in an interview with CBS television. “This, however, does not particularly specify a black abaya or a black head cover. The decision is entirely left for women to decide what type of decent and respectful attire she chooses to wear.”
With that said women in Saudi Arabia don’t need to wear the traditional black abaya or headscarf as long as they dress up modestly and concerning the culture and religion in the kingdom. With the rise of the 32-year-old crown prince to power, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is facing a lot of political and cultural changes which the young generation see as a positive move and enjoying their social freedom.
Is this the last of the black abaya and the rise of the kaftan? The time will show us.