Every single person in the world has its own identity, specificity, customs and traditions that distinguish them from others. For Saudi-Gulf-Muslim women wearing the hijab is part of their religion and identity. In contrast, the al-Burqa is not religious, but culturally associated. The Saudi-Gulf women are interested and fascinated in its design and weaving. The burqa has spread throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Saudi women have become accustomed to it by, embroidery and aesthetic additions
Grandmothers tell stories about the first woman to wear the burqa. These stories tell the history about who started wearing this beautiful piece of old women's adornments, but everyone agreed that the burqa is an integral part of women's heritage. Furthermore, the "burqa" comes in several types and sizes, and the prices vary according to the materials used in the manufacture and according to quality and design. There are burqas that may exceed the value of reasonable limits and may reach hundreds of riyals, while there are other burqas that not only cost $15. The first criterion for the price of a "burqa" is the raw material or cloth made of it.
Burqas are a source of customs and traditions, but again, it is not something religiously connected. Wearing hijab is the religious matter. Apart from what some countries say, that women are forced to wear it, the proportion of wearing burqa in Gulf countries is 50% , because is an optional choice for the Gulf’s woman.
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