Malaysia Hijab Brands
Okay, let’s get real girls, there are more than thousands local hijab brands in the market, but we’re going to share five out of thousands of local hijab brands that are still growing their base but deserve some major love from us.
Hijab, be it shawl or bawal or Malaysian call it tudung, comes in a wide variety of shape and materials. Back in 2010, the Malaysian hijabis could barely find specific materials of hijab for specific occasions, however today, from luxurious satin materials hijab with Swarovski and diamonds for Eid celebration to the most comfortable cotton hijab of everyday styles to go through the scorching hot weather, we have it all.
Please note that all of this only become realized with the help of some local hijab brands. With growing numbers of hijabista who is also instafamous who often shares tips and various styles for the hijab to be draped on matching blouses, women of different colours in Malaysia today could never be out of style. Some hijabis + instafamous even have their own hijab brand.
The local market of hijab brands since 2010 had witnessed some rapid growth in the market in Malaysia with many of them actually started on the internet, before outgrown themselves and start to cater to some loyal customers, offline too. An e-commerce website is actually one of the best ways to make money online, which is why these local hijab companies are starting to bring their brand online.
Here are five local hijab brands, of whom, you might never know that actually started off, on the internet comprising of those who have been in the market for more than 8 years to those just newly established last year.
Tudung Ruffle is a leading brand in bawal scarves. Founded by Hanis Arif in 2014, Tudung Ruffle specializes in bawal scarves design with a unique focus on innovation and improvisation throughout her business. Up until now, they produce affordable, classy, modest and contemporary hijabs suitable for everyone regardless of their background, age and occupation. From students to working women and mothers who love bawal scarves and concurrently pursue modern fashion.
Their latest collection as of September 2022 is the BABA NYONYA square scarves. This collection is produced in conjunction with celebrating Hari Malaysia. The elements of the designs are inspired by the Peranakan Hand Fan, beautiful orchid Flower and unique Peranakan vase. It is perfect for women who love local-classical aesthetic looks! Made from cotton velvet voile, this collection will definitely become a favorite of many women and girls because of its easy-to-shape awning.
In addition, you should not miss their new gorgeous collection of NUSANTARA square scarves! The design was inspired by Indonesia’s most ancient craft, the Batik. It’s intertwined with the cultural identity of the Indonesian people and through the symbolic meanings of its colors and design. This collection looks so elegant and exclusive, and you can style it in many ways because of its unique design! Its material of cotton velvet voile that is fine and soft will definitely make you comfortable to wear it despite the hot weather in Malaysia.
Most of their collections come with exclusive boxes, suitable to be purchased as a gift for your loved ones.
If you would like to know more about their hijab collections, you can go through Tudung Ruffle’s official website. Make sure you don’t miss out on it!
You can also stop by their boutique at IOI Citymall, Putrajaya to see more of the collections that they have.
Operation hours: 10a.m-10p.m (Everyday)
Range of prices: RM49 to RM89
Printed Square Scarf and Shawl, Plain Square Scarf and Shawl, Instant Hijab, Inner Neck
You will be amazed to know that this brand offers nearly 1700 hijab designs that you can choose from their website! The Hijab brand we are talking about is the HijabDesigners, rebranded from the Tudung Store founded by Mohamad Kamal Khalid about 8years ago.
What’s interesting about this hijab brand is that its designers come not only from Malaysia but also from other countries such as Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei. Now HijabDesigners has about 100 graphic designers collaborating with them and more are coming in! According to them, they accept only high-quality designs to be displayed on their website.
For Square Scarf collections, HijabDesigners produces a variety of high-quality fabrics, including Cotton Voile Premium, Ryana Satin, Chiffon Babydoll, Arabian Crepe and Premium Satin. To purchase their hijabs from the website, you can choose first which design you want, and proceed selecting the fabric as well as the size that is available. Each collection is available in many sizes; 40, 45, 48, 50, 53, 55 and 60. Thus, their hijabs are perfect to be purchased for the whole family.
Custom Name Design
This part is really unique from other hijab brands. By adding RM5 only, you can customize your name to the hijabs you would like to purchase! They will blend and match the font colour suits with your hijab’s colour and design.
HijabDesigners always find a way to make their customers happy with their purchases, so their team comes out with free exclusive boxes with beautiful butterfly designs. This makes the hijabs suitable to be purchased as a gift or even as a ‘hantaran’.
You can also stop by their boutique at Bangi Sentral or Setia Alam to see more of their collections. You can get wholesale prices if you buy more than 50 pieces of hijabs!
Range of price: RM49-RM99
Printed Square Scarf and Shawl, Plain Square Scarf and Shawl, Sarung Hijab, Inner Hijab, Brooch, Khimar, Telekung
UMMA was founded by Zairin Azman in 2016, who saw the need for comfortable, versatile and fashionable clothes without compromising modesty and always at accessible prices. Throughout the years, Umma has evolved from minimal designs to incorporating printed fabrics. Besides headscarves, they also offer clothing essentials, modest traditional wear and accessories.
One of their best-selling hijabs is the Sulam Sumera collection, available in six colours. The uniqueness of this collection lies in its design, which comes with scallop embroidery hem-stitching. It’s perfect for those who love plain hijab but still want to look elegant while wearing it. The material of Chiffon Linen makes it super comfy and draped beautifully on your head!
Their latest launch as of October 2022 is the Leyla Square collection. You’re going to fall in love with its material of Chiffon Voile; it’s crumple-friendly and requires very minimum ironing! For those who are not really into square scarves because of the awning problem, this is a must-grab, as the awning is easy to shape.
It’s not complete to just sell scarves without inner scarves, so the founder has come out with Inner Net made of Cotton Lycra material. This inner promises a more breathable take for hijabis and is suitable for various types of faces.
Range of Price: RM49-RM139
1. The Hijab.Co
This practical and simple hijab brand was founded in 2016 by Yatie, who is the creative director of Sendayu Tinggi, a famous local cosmetics and skincare brand. Focusing on a simple yet elegant look and feel. The Hijab.Co is a brand that provides its customers with both a plain shawl and bawal choices until the end of December.
However, starting from January 2019, the brand had launched a new subtle print hijab collection that was given the name as the Pure Series. The series is aimed to cater especially for people who seek light material for hijab that is suitable for hot and humid weather in Malaysia while still look elegant.
The Pure Series is the first collection from this local hijab brand that has prints on hijab to cater to the fashion-forward woman who mostly looks forward to hijabs that can complement and accentuate their plain outfits instead.
Yatie, the founder of the brand is also the face of the brand and you could definitely recognize her on the brand’s official website and Instagram account. She never fails to share the hijab tutorial featuring the brand’s collection since the launch of the brand in the local hijab market.
Range of price: RM30 to RM55
Products: Plain Square Hijab, Plain Shawl, Printed Square Hijab2
2. Purdy Petals
Girls and women of all age are synonyms with femininity and it’s no doubt that flowers and soft colours could be categorized into the feminine group when it comes to women’s clothing.
Purdy petals, just like its name which is the more Instagram-friendly spelling for “pretty”, is just what these feminine women of all age are looking for. This local hijab brand sells scarves that could range from RM25 to RM45 for basic plain scarves, and RM109 to RM169 for its exclusive scarves.
It was founded by Anna Ismail in 2013 who was selling brooch at that time. Being exclusive like other local Instagram and web-based hijab brands, Purdy Petals provide its customers with ribbon-box.
The femininity of this brand could be vividly seen in their floral printed shawls to the softest colours of its bawal which all are a mix of cerrutti chiffon materials to a cotton voile. Having to know that demands for modest wear of more fashion-conscious urban women have increased, this brand had to cater to clothing collections including abaya and baju kurung.
Range of price: RM25 to RM169
Products: Embroidered, Lace, Printed and Plain Square Hijab and Shawls & abaya and Baju Kurung
This local hijab brand is founded by a young businesswoman named Diana, hence the name. Diana started the business with a capital of RM100 when she was 18 in 2015 by selling wide cotton shawl which was the craze at that time. Apart from the model, Diana’s face often appears in the Instastory of the account sharing the updates on the business.
Despite being young, Diana actually called herself as Kak Dee to be more friendly with her customers of all age. It sells a wide range of coloured hijab but the famous one despite being square hijab or shawl, are the nude coloured scarves.
Just like other local hijab brands, DianaShawl also comes with boxes, square one with its cursive-word logo printed on top. There’s a purple and maroon box, which each specifically used for certain collection.
DianaShawl knows what’s best for its customers; it sells good quality hijab with some affordable prices. From premium chiffon to chiffon crepe to basic cotton hijabs ranged from RM29 to RM75, DianaShawl has it all for women who are looking for some simple, youthful looking hijabs.
Range of price: RM29 to RM75
Products: Printed Square Hijab, Plain Shawl and Square Hijabs
This local hijab brand only joined the market in 2018. Although new in the market, Hermanas which also means sisters in Latina, aimed to be the number 1 seller of printed premium bawal in Malaysia. Being exclusively cater to some lovers of patterned cotton square hijab, Hermanas never failed to bring the latest fashion-forward abstract pattern hijab for their customer every month.
Hermanas box, compared to other brands is much lovelier and smaller, shaped like a small rectangular box, with some prints on top as well as the logo, you would never feel the urge to keep the packaging box more than anything else. Puteri Sarah, an actress was one of their loyal customers and could be seen regularly donning the brand’s hijab.
Furthermore, Hermanas is a unique brand like it, despite being so new to the local hijab market, it has already done a CSR (corporate social responsibility) project by selling a collection named Cakna Autism in November which is a collaboration with Persatuan Ibu Bapa & Ahli Intervensi (PIBI) in conjunction with Hari Kanak-Kanak Cakna Autisma 2018. You can check out our exclusive interview with Hermanas to know more!
Range of Price: RM69 to RM79
Product: Abstract Patterned Cotton Square Hijab
Founded by Nur Amirah in 2010 who set up the business online through Blogspot, Shawlbyvsnow today is a common name among urban women who are into printed hijabs. From flowers to abstract print, Shawlbyvsnow has it all. This local hijab brand today is catering to all type of hijab lovers, it sells instant, square hijabs and shawls. In addition, it also sells some inner caps of a wide range of colours to complement the look of wearing hijabs.
Shawlbyvsnow always know how to keep the customers happy, apart from the exclusive box which comes with the specific collection, it is also a brand full of surprise. This is because the prints on the shawl are like no other and always come with the latest in-trend print for all women who are very conscious about their appearance and prefer to stand out in the crowd.
This local hijab brand for being in the industry for so long knows that some women like to complement their plain and boring everyday outfits with some bold prints on their hijab. The hijab sold is those of range RM49 for its basic collection to RM129 for some really exclusive pretty prints collection.
Range of price: RM49 to RM129
Products: Printed Instant Shawl, Printed and Plain Shawl, Inner Caps, Plain Square Hijabs
Amboi, amboi, amboi, no wonder lah how these brands could be famous among Malaysian women when they hold some distinctive brand personalities which ensure their survival in the rapidly developing local hijab market. This is because all these local hijab brands are indeed own the special and unique personalities that make them varied from the other brands in the market.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
There’s no such thing as the best hijab. It depends on your outfit. If you are wearing a plain blouse, it is more suitable to wear a printed scarf. In contrast, a plain scarf is more suitable to be worn with a printed blouse.
There is another aspect that you should take into consideration before choosing a design of hijab. Are the occasions or events that you will go is casual, semi-formal, or formal? If you would like to attend casual meetups or you’re not trying to stand out too much at these kinds of events, you might choose the mini and cute floral designs such as the printed motif of mini daisies. Meanwhile, the plain hijab designs are preferred to be worn at events that have higher formalities such as job and scholarship interviews.
Like other clothes, you should pay close attention to the material aspect of the hijabs and the weather of the country or place that you are currently living in before purchasing those hijabs.
In a country of hot or humid weather such as Malaysia, you may choose a hijab material that is not too thick to prevent you from getting too hot and sweating while wearing it. The best and most suitable materials for hijab wearers in this country are usually cotton, viscose or rayon, and blended fabrics. It is also recommended to choose a non-slippery material.
The general rule in the fashion game is you need to apply a balance of color contrast to your outfits. Yes, color is an essential factor in creating contrast. This unspoken rule is applied too for hijab wearers. If you plan to wear dark clothes, you should go with a light hijab color. But if you plan to wear light color clothes, you should wear a fairly dark color. Avoid wearing dark colors for both hijab and clothes at the same time. Besides that, you need to know more about your skin tone to ensure that the hijab color accentuates your skin and prevents the dull look.
It is not recommended to wash your hijab using a washing machine as it might damage the hijab’s materials. Instead of letting the washing machine clean your hijab, you should opt for the traditional way which is washing your hijab by using your hands. After filling up the wash bowl or clean sink with water, you can handwash your hijab in cold or lukewarm water using a mild detergent.
You need to make sure that you put a needle between your hijab and your inner scarf so that your hijab’s position is secure. Other than that, the under cap or inner scarf is a great way to keep your hijab from slipping. Apart from securing your hairs and your hair bun, the inner scarf will help you to feel more comfortable as your hijab will stay and look good on your head.
It is recommended for a beginner in learning to wear the proper hijab to choose an instant hijab. An instant hijab is a hijab that is ready to wear without having to style it or wrap it in a certain pattern. Some instant hijabs in the Malaysian market are already designed with the certain styles for you and you just need to wear it with an inner scarf and few of pins to ensure maximum comfort and tidiness.
Chiffon, jersey, square, polyester and rayon hijabs are among the common hijabs that are worn by hijabis in Malaysia. The hijabis in Malaysia will style those hijabs based on their personal preference. Some love to have an “effortless” hijab style that has less wavy effects. Some prefer to style their hijab with the similar hijab style that is a trend among Turkish hijabis. Meanwhile, some hijabis in Malaysia like to style their hijab with “tudung bawal” style.
In Malaysia, hijabs are easy to be found in the online or physical store. If you would like to purchase the branded and exclusive-made hijabs, we suggest you to buy them from boutiques that sell Muslimah fashion outfits. If you consider to buy hijabs that are more affordable in terms of price, you may look for the hijabs at kiosks in the mall, night markets, or purchasing affordable hijabs from non-boutiques shops via Shopee.
In Malaysia, the majority of Islam believers are Malays. Therefore, it is a common phenomenon to see Malay women in Malaysia wear hijabs. Hijab is not a fashion statement, but it is more to the compliance of religious rule. Women in Islam are usually required to wear modestly and cover their aurah, which is thier are hair, neck and chest areas. Thus, one of the beautiful and smart ways to cover those parts of aurah is by using the hijab.
The answer is yes! The sport hijab is definitely the answer for you and any sport lovers. Sport hijab is a specialized type of hijab or modest Islamic women’s head covering, designed to cover the neck, hair, shoulders and chest areas during performing physical activities. Usually, sport hijabs are made of fabrics that provide a cooling effect, are breathable, and sweat-wicking. Perfect inventions!