This veil (shaylah) was gifted to Dr. Reem Tariq el Mutwalli on one of her field visits in Abu Dhabi in UAE. She met with Salamah Buti, Um Ahmed, at a women’s gathering. She was very enthusiastic about the subject matter and shed light on many details on the topic. The two women struck a chord and Salamah gifted this veil to Dr. Reem. In due course, it was added to The Zay Collection.
Salamah was born in the 1980s and is a UAE university graduate with a degree in management. She is an athlete and enjoys outdoor sports. She married at the age of 23 and has 3 daughters and 2 sons.
This veil is considered a contemporary version of its traditional counterpart. It is gold in colour rather than the usual black, and simply cut from of a length of fabric readily found in today’s markets. It covers the head and drapes off to cover the shoulders and upper body, it is used for special occasions as a decorative element to compliment a more contemporary look.
The synthetic tulle (tur) fabric comes ready-made embroidered in gold metallic thread (zari) in vegetative and floral motifs, with additional flower cut-outs, metallic gold beads, and clear iron-on crystals (fsus) applied for a three-dimensional effect.