That's what you type into Google when you are looking for a blinged out crystal abaya, right? And what do you get except for listing after listing of old fashioned abaya designs.
When a lot of western based Muslimahs hear the words "Khaleeji Abaya" they usually think of these styles shown below, which like I mentioned before is not the case. Yes, they are manufactured in places like Dubai, but these are really what people in the Gulf would call "Souk" or market abayas as they are cheaply priced and not under any designer label, even though some low-end boutiques and lots of recent Facebook sellers claim them as their own.
On Facebook and through online shops posing as Khaleeji Boutiques, these abayas are resold anywhere from $60 - $150, maybe even more. The truth is, if you buy direct from the manufacturer's factory in Dubai then you will find very cheap prices averaging $25-$50 or $70 for the very detailed, hand embroidered pieces.
The reason why these prices are cheap is because of the following reasons:
- They are cheaply priced because they are made cheaply.
- The quality of material is very basic.
- Most times the abayas are not even overlocked which means they can fray under the arms, around the wrists or over the shoulders and split. This has happened to me a lot. I think they skimp on properly finishing off the stitiching to save on time and therefore money.
- They are MASS produced and resold on a huge scale. I think I have seen about 30+ odd Facebook sellers selling these pieces, plus many online sellers. If you buy one, you can be damn sure there are 40,000 other people wearing the same design. And their mark up on prices is huge compared to what they really cost - I used to sell them myself so I know.
- They are made in Dubai and are meant for the low-end market stock of abayas, yet here in the West they are marketed by sellers and priced as high-end designs which they are not.
- These are not designer pieces. Therefore they don't use excellent quality fabrics (cheaper price usually means cheaper fabric) nor do they have the true current Khaleeji styles as shown here.
They do have some very beautiful pieces - I own a lot myself and have/will be wearing them on the blog - but they definitely can not compare to the fabric quality, design and cut of designer abayas.
Try to get your hands on my main abaya supplier: NA Exclusive Abayas. Most of the abayas I have are made by this company and they can make cheaply priced, basic abayas while also handmaking higher quality, hand embellished pieces fit for a queen. Find them on Facebook here.