London women barristers launch hijab for court
After finding a gap in the market, two female barristers in London came up with the idea of launching hijabs suitable for wearing in courts. The dream was nurtured and materialised in a short span of time as the product was finally launched on Mar 31.
Crime lawyer Karlia Lykourgou and criminal advocate Maryam Mir, junior barristers from human rights chambers of Doughty Street Chambers, took this decision after Maryam discussed with Karlia how difficult it was for her to find a suitable hijab.
“I thought this was crazy, so we decided to design one that would be comfortable for a hijab-wearing barrister but also fit well with the rest of the outfit,” said Karlia, who already has been designing women garments for court for last one year.
After trying several materials, they agreed upon using bamboo silk for hijab as it is warm during winter and cold during summer. The hijab will be available in black and white colours.
“There aren’t many hijab-wearing barristers, but in the crown court I have seen white hijabs worn and in the magistrates, I have seen black, so we decided to design both,” said Karlia Lykourgou.