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Woman in a burqini

A burqini (or burkini; Arabic: بوركيني‎) swimsuit is a type of swimsuit for women designed by Lebanese Australian Aheda Zanetti under the company name Ahiida.[1] Burqini, a portmanteau of burqa and bikini, is a registered trademark.[2]

The design is intended to comply with the Quranic admonition for Muslim women to dress modestly. [3] The suit covers the whole body except the face, the hands and the feet, whilst being light enough to enable swimming. It looks rather like a full-length wetsuit with built-in hood, but somewhat looser and made of swimsuit material instead of neoprene.[4]

In August 2009, a woman in France was prevented from swimming in a public pool wearing a burkini.[5] This was due to a long-standing law requiring swimwear in place of street clothing in public pools, for hygienic reasons, rather than the result of any specific political position on the garment, despite controversy in France over Islamic dress.[6]

Notable wearers have included Nigella Lawson.[7]

Some hotels and resorts in Morocco prohibited the use of a burqini in their pools for hygienic reasons. Bikinis and other swimsuit models are allowed. This caused controversial political debates.[8]

Other styles of Islamic swimwear include the veilkini and mycozzie.[9] Aheda Zanetti criticized the mycozzie suit, claiming it used lycra and was unsafe. This was disputed by the designer of the mycozzie swimsuit.[10]

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  1. ^ "Ahiida® Pty Ltd". Ahiida.com. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Ahiida Burqini Swimwear". Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  3. ^ Martin et al. (2003), Encyclopedia of Islam & the Muslim World, Macmillan Reference, ISBN 978-0028656038
  4. ^ Taylor, Rob (2007-01-17). "Not so teenie burqini brings beach shift". Reuters. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  5. ^ "French pool bans 'burkini' swim". BBC News Online. 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  6. ^ "The burkini makes a splash in France". Times Online. 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2009-08-12. [dead link]
  7. ^ Jones, Lucy (2011-04-19). "Nigella Lawson's burkini: can you blame her? by Lucy Jones at telegraph.co.uk/". Blogs.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  8. ^ "Di Maroko, Burkini Dilarang, Bikini Silahkan". August 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Filling void in modest swimwear". Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  10. ^ Chandab, Taghred (2009-08-30). "Itsy bitsy teeny weeny burqini design battle". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2009-09-04.