Introducing the “Burqini.”

It’s what you get when you cross the traditional Muslim dress for women, the burqa, with a bikini. Somehow I don’t think it’s going to go over well at Miss Universe pageants:

A cross between a burqa and a bikini, the polyester suit is made up of pants and a long- sleeved thigh or knee-length A-line top with head covering. It is water-repellent, UV-resistant and comes with Arab designs.

Its Australian designer, Aheda Zanetti, has been swamped with thousands of inquiries about the product from Europe, Britain, the United States, Asia and the Middle East. Zanetti said she started producing the Burqini as Muslim women were missing out on sports because of their dress code.

“Not only does it look good, not only is it practical to use, it feels good to use—it’s extremely comfortable,” she said. Before the Burqini, Muslim women either avoided swimming or tried to swim in full clothes.

“Every day people are walking into my (Sydney) shop and saying, `Finally, I don’t have to watch my husband and kids playing any more; I don’t have to stand on the sideline’,” Zanetti said.

Maybe it’s just me, but for some reason the burqini strikes me as a rejected costume idea from the old Space 1999 sci-fi series.

18 thoughts on “Introducing the “Burqini.”

  1. They’d look a bit more 1999ish I suppose if they weren’t those colours and didn’t have those flower prints on the chest.

    Somehow I doubt Islamic authorities would accept something like this outfit Joan Collins wore in the first season episode “Mission of the Darians.”
    http://tinyurl.com/y6k2l2

  2. They look comfortable, if worn in cool weather.  Wouldn’t surprise me if they find a market.

    Of course with my lascivious imagination I still think they look kinda sexy.

  3. May they catch on. This is a way-station on the long highway to where middle-Eastern Muslim women become emancipated.

  4. This is new? I’ve seen Muslim girls wearing clothes like these at the beach.

    Without the flowers or bright colours, though.

  5. *intollerant zen budhist warning*

    Do they not realise that the thing that is stopping them from going and enjoying playing on the beach and in the water with their family is not someone else, but rather their own limited attitude?

  6. Gemma K: “Do they not realise that the thing that is stopping them from going and enjoying playing on the beach and in the water with their family is not someone else, but rather their own limited attitude?”

    … or possibly that they’ll be beaten (or worse) if they step out of line.  I can hardly blame them for being careful.

  7. A cross between a burqa and a bikini

    I guess the only part of a bikini it has is the fact that it looks to be a 2-piece swimsuit.  Hope the top doesn’t ride up and show any midsection.

  8. Sadly, we have our share of Puritans in this country, too.  I know—obliquely—a family that dresses its homeschooled daughters in skirts-only with bloomer-type things underneath.  Great, intelligent, well-mannered kids:  Nothing to complain about there.  But to be raised to think of your body as something to be hidden?  I was raised by an overprotective mother myself, but daaaang.

  9. Guess the next step is the burka-spacesuit, equality ‘n’ all.

    LH: How dare they go round being all Bifurcated like that, inflaming the pigs that men are

    Inflamed pork is sure to scare off the muslim fundies smile

    I don’t think it’s appropriate to say the thought that just came into my head about ‘eating’ pork, I’ll leave that to your imaginations

  10. LH: How dare they go round being all Bifurcated like that, inflaming the pigs that men are.

    I always wondered about why it is that women are blamed for inflaming men anyway.  You would think that, if the men had any intrinsic sense of honor or decency, it wouldn’t matter what women did or didn’t wear. 

    On the other hand, how is it that covering yourself is a sign of respect for God?  HE, supposedly, created us without clothes – in His image, and so you’d think that the most respectful thing we could do is be nekkid as much as possible.

    Regardless, this all reminds me of something that Ron White said:

    Ron White: Once you’ve seen one woman’s tits, you want to see the rest of ‘em.

    Off topic – since we’re created in God’s image, you think He’s got man boobs?

  11. MP: if the men had any intrinsic sense of honor or decency, it wouldn’t matter what women did or didn’t wear

    The less the better gulp

    Off topic – since we’re created in God’s image, you think He’s got man boobs?

    I guess so, actually if all animals were created in god’s image that would give him man-udders as well as some other possible variants.

    and so you’d think that the most respectful thing we could do is be nekkid as much as possible

    It’s possible that that’s why god created hot women. On the other hand imagine being eternally horny and not have the physical means to do anything about it

    Ohhh.. I think we’re gonna need a new smiley…

  12. Reminds me of some crazy James Bond Evil guy outfit.  You know, where the evil rich dude has a badass $10,000 suit and all of his workers , to quote Stewie, “Look like a gay Niel Armstrong.”

  13. The thing about men-pigs is something I heard during the debates over here.  Apparrently men just can’t be trusted- rape ya as soon as look at ya.

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