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Sports hijabs pushing Muslim women athletes to new heights by merging tech with tradition

Sports hijabs today use tech that makes them lightweight, sweat-wicking and so that they don’t untuck, part of a growing modest activewear market scoring points among Muslim women.

Sports hijabs today use tech that makes them lightweight, sweat-wicking and so that they don’t untuck, part of a growing modest activewear market scoring points among Muslim women.

3 Nov 2020 - 8:01PM
Explainer | Chinese funeral clothing explained: what people wear at lavish Taoist ceremonies and why traditional attire is in danger of disappearing

While the deceased are dressed in the finest traditional clothing, family members all have specific attire to wear at Taoist Chinese funerals, but the rituals are in danger of disappearing in Southeast Asia as practicality becomes a priority.

While the deceased are dressed in the finest traditional clothing, family members all have specific attire to wear at Taoist Chinese funerals, but the rituals are in danger of disappearing in Southeast Asia as practicality becomes a priority.

26 Sep 2020 - 5:59PM
Fast fashion victims: the couriers working long hours against the clock for low pay to deliver online orders

In Malaysia, delivery men on ‘no work, no pay’ contracts and whose base salary is often barely above the minimum wage can’t afford medical care for work injuries. To earn a living wage they need bonuses, which means putting in long hours.

In Malaysia, delivery men on ‘no work, no pay’ contracts and whose base salary is often barely above the minimum wage can’t afford medical care for work injuries. To earn a living wage they need bonuses, which means putting in long hours.

17 Oct 2019 - 9:22AM
‘This is a sin’: why are Malaysia’s turban style hijabs so divisive?

They’re fashionable, comfortable and meet religious requirements when women properly pair them, but turbans still face much criticism in Muslim Malaysia, especially when a local Muslim celebrity is spotted wearing one.

They’re fashionable, comfortable and meet religious requirements when women properly pair them, but turbans still face much criticism in Muslim Malaysia, especially when a local Muslim celebrity is spotted wearing one.

16 Sep 2019 - 2:36PM
Why Western beauty ideals and ‘Instagram face’ rule in Southeast Asia, and women hide their ‘Asian noses’

While West has embraced diverse beauty – Rihanna, take a bow – women in Southeast Asia still crave Kim Kardashian West’s doll-like features and highlights. Social media and multinationals are behind this ‘homogenisation of beauty’.

While West has embraced diverse beauty – Rihanna, take a bow – women in Southeast Asia still crave Kim Kardashian West’s doll-like features and highlights. Social media and multinationals are behind this ‘homogenisation of beauty’.

27 May 2019 - 6:17PM
Why fast-fashion brands like H&M are losing millennial customers in Malaysia and Singapore

Growing awareness of environmental and workers’ issues, as well as intense competition from online brands, are contributing to a dip in demand for fast fashion. But do enough people really care to make a lasting difference?

Growing awareness of environmental and workers’ issues, as well as intense competition from online brands, are contributing to a dip in demand for fast fashion. But do enough people really care to make a lasting difference?

9 Jul 2018 - 1:14PM