How to Put on a Burka

In Orthodox sects of Islam, women must show their modesty by wearing a burka in public. There are several different types of burka that are worn in slightly different ways, but they all cover most, if not all, of a woman's face and body. Although this article of clothing has become controversial and even illegal in some modern Western countries, women around the world still wear them. If you are interested in wearing one yourself, you can do so by following a few techniques.

Pull one-piece burkas over your body and let it fall down until it touches the ground. This type of burka will restrict your arm movements, making it difficult to handle objects directly with your hands.

Put your arms through the holes and pull the burka over your head if you're using a two-piece burka. This type of burka allows women the use of their arms, but they will need to wear a second piece over their face.

Move the mesh face guard into a comfortable position over your face. If your burka does not cover your eyes completely, make sure the opening is big enough to see through. You may find it easier to wear a burka if you pull your hair back.

Ensure that the garment does not leave any exposed skin. Exposed skin is taboo in cultures that expect women to wear a burka, and the garment should cover every part of your body completely.

Wear close-toed shoes and gloves to cover up any remaining skin.


Note that not every branch of Islam requires women to wear a burka. As of 2011, burkas are worn by only a few specific branches of Islam and are not expected in most of the Middle-East. The burka is only the outer layer garment and other traditional clothing is typically worn underneath.

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James Stuart began his professional writing career in 2010. He traveled through Asia, Europe, and North America, and has recently returned from Japan, where he worked as a freelance editor for several English language publications. He looks forward to using his travel experience in his writing. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy from the University of Toronto.