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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]

The suit covers the whole body except the face, the hands and the feet, whilst being light enough to enable swimming. The Quran admonishes Muslim women to dress modestly. [2]

It looks rather like a full-length wetsuit with built-in hood, but somewhat looser and made of swimsuit material instead of neoprene.[3]

In August 2009, a woman in France was prevented from swimming in a public pool wearing a burkini.[4] 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.[5]

Burqini, a portmanteau of burqa and bikini, is a registered trademark.[6]

There are other styles of Islamic swimwear such as the veilkini and mycozzie which was the actual garment worn in the France incident.[7] Aheda Zanetti criticized the mycozzie suit, claiming it used lycra and was unsafe. This was disputed by the designer of the mycozzie swimsuit.[8]

Notable wearers have included Nigella Lawson.[9]

Some hotels and resorts in Morocco prohibited the use of a burqini in its pool due to hygiene reasons. Bikinis and other swimsuit models are allowed. This caused controversial political debates.[10]

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