So You Think You Want a Cotton Hijab? Try Viscose Instead!
Posted on Aug 26, 2019
Of all the questions we are frequently asked, “Do you carry cotton hijabs?” is definitely one of the big ones.
The short answer is no, but if you’re a fan of cotton, that doesn’t mean we don’t have something you’ll love! Here’s why:
While there are many types of cotton fabrics out there, the one that most shoppers look for is a lightweight, woven cotton - think like a very fine linen. If that’s the look and feel you’re going for, you might be surprised to know that our Viscose and Modal hijabs offer just that!
Our Viscose and Modal hijabs are made of 100 percent rayon, a naturally-derived fiber that’s made from plant fiber - usually wood cellulose, but sometimes made from other things like bamboo (such as our Pyratex underscarves!). So just like cotton, it comes from plants and is biodegradable. Just like cotton, it’s breathable and doesn’t repel moisture. (In other words, won’t make you sweaty.)
It’s no wonder cotton is a favorite for all kinds of apparel. It’s such a versatile, natural fiber. But cotton can actually be a little more on the stiff/scratchy side for an ideal hijab that needs to wrap beautifully. Rayon is just as versatile and long-lasting, while also being beautifully soft (and even softer with each wash), making it an ideal choice for our Viscose and Modal hijabs. This is what makes it our fiber of choice for woven hijabs.
Something that’s important to know about both cotton and viscose/modal fabrics is that natural or naturally-derived fibers do not inherently hold dye quite as well as their synthetic counterparts, like polyester. So, anytime you bring home a new viscose or modal hijab, just like with a new pair of blue jeans, it’s a good idea to wash it first, either by itself or with very similar colors. This is especially important for darker or more saturated colors, because (you guessed it) it takes more dye to get them to that shade.
Have you tried our woven hijabs? Or are you a die-hard cotton fan? Let us know in the comments!