How to Wrap a Burka

The burka is a loose fabric panel that a woman wraps around her forehead to provide physical privacy. This type of garment is worn by women in Islamic cultures, and has variations in style, design and function. Some burkas are nominal in coverage of the face, while others provide nearly complete privacy. The burka is combined with other privacy clothing when women engage in public activities. Wrapping the burka is straightforward.

Place the burka flat on the table. The traditional and common Saudi-style burka is a two- or three-layer rectangular panel with a tie on each side.

Locate the side with one or two layers of georgette-type fabric. This will be a soft netting fabric. Typically the netting is sewn to the bottom of a headband. The netting side of the burka is the outside or public facing side. Turn the burka over.

Locate the inside face covering panel. This panel is made of an opaque fabric. The panel should reach from ear to ear and from the headband to below the chin. The opaque panel is sewn in three locations to the headband: above the nose and between the eye and the ear on either side of the head. Usually, the attachment point is 1/2 to an inch long, creating a viewing window 1 inch tall by approximately 8 inches wide.

Lift the burka by the headband and fit it so the centre sewn attachment point on the opaque fabric centres on your nose. Bring the headband around the head on each side and tie it at the back using the ties. At this point, you should have one or two layers of netting covering your eyes. The burka should reach from your forehead to your chest and shoulders. Lift the top layer of netting to improve your vision. Lift the second layer for best vision.


The burka is worn with other privacy garments that cover the hair completely and the body to mid-calf or to the floor. How these garments are combined and worn varies among different cultures.

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