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.