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Protecting Yourself at a Time of Heightened Hate

I remember the exact moment of the day my mother and I were verbally harassed by a man in the parking lot of our local grocery store.  It happened in our hometown of Decatur, Georgia....

The Enduring Tradition of Palestinian Embroidery

A craft brought to life by village women, the rich embroidery of Palestine has become one of the country's main ways of identity. Passed down through generations from mothers to their daughters, Tatreez (Palestinian embroidery)...

Tala Barbotin Khalidy: Saving a Withering Art

VELA sat down with French-Lebanese designer, Tala Barbotin Khalidy, to learn more about her groundbreaking work to revitalize and preserve Syrian and Levantine fabrics through sustainable practices — and her inspiration behind the substantial work...

BTS with the VELA Crew: Baladi Capsule

With over ten new hijab patterns, the Baladi Capsule is hinged on the roots of ancient textile traditions embedded in the hidden gems of Aleppo, Syria with the desire to preserve its culture as a...

Brands to Boycott: Standing for Gaza With Your Wallets

Amidst the beginning of the ongoing genocide and siege on Gaza, many of us wondered what we could do to send the world a clear message. Many of us wondered how we could ever possibly...

4 Fashion Brands Championing Syrian Culture Through Textiles And Designs

The history of Syrian textiles is rich and profound. The narrative of how each material intertwines with trades, craftsmanship, and civilization can be traced over thousands of years. Given Syria's strategic location at the crossroads...

World Hijab Day: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Hijab

Behold the hijab, a whispered hymn; A choice profound, where the soul finds its rhythm. Not just a garment, but a shield of the divine; A sanctuary for beauty, in a world that can confine....

New Year, New Goals: Muslim Girl Reset

As 2024 settles in, it is important to remember that the new year is a good time to be forward thinking about who you want to be; but it's also a great time to look...

Mix and Match: How to Style Neutral Hijabs and Winter Outfits

Hello sisters - let me introduce myself, my name is June and I am a blog contributor here with VELA. For my first article, I am going to explore mix and matching neutral hijabs and what...