Niche Biz: Hijabs With A Difference

Manchester Evening News:

Teenage business brain Husna Iqbal-Willan is adding flair to the traditional hijab worn by Muslim women with her new venture.

The delicately draped cloth has become more than just a statement of religion, as more and more women are putting their own style touches to it.

To cater for the market, Husna, 18, has launched online business Pink Paisley’s, selling colourful head scarves in various prints and designs.

They have been popular with both women who wear hijabs and those who don’t but want to add a stylish touch to their outfits.

She also sells hijab accessories, including bonnet caps to keep the hair in place and pins, as well as modest summer dresses and party wear.

As well as retailing online, Husna also sells her range in various fairs and events and says the run-up to the Muslim festival of Eid this month has been busy.

She said: “I started wearing the hijab when I started college. At the time I couldn’t find colourful scarves, and when I did the prints were boring.

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