The Hayek is a traditional Algerian garment, usually associated with the Casbah area of Algiers, although variations of the design exist from all over Algeria. Usually, this white cloth garment was simply wrapped across the body with an aadjar, a veil that sits on the face displaying the eyes only. Algerian culture saw it as a combination of modesty and elegance. Yet this graceful garment is now but a thing of nostalgia.
There has been a slow and gradual disappearance of this dress throughout the country. While you could once see lots of women wearing it in the streets, today it is somewhat a surprise when you do.
Many from outside of the region may view the inexistence of the Hayek as a move away from oppressive customs towards women, a freedom path to females being allowed to wear whatever they want, whenever they want. However, one must understand that the freedom to wear the Hayek, as is the freedom to wear a headscarf or not, are part in parcel of the notion of freedom.
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