Abaya is a Muslim dress shaped like a long-sleeved robe worn by women in Saudi Arabia. Abaya was originally just plain black, lacked many shades and was made in many colors like today's more modern ones.
Abaya is not known exactly when it was first launched, some opinions say that the polite dress that has existed for 4 thousand years ago and only used by Muslim women to cover their curves. Abaya and extra veils or burqas are worn by Arab women to protect them from the sight of men who may be able to do evil.
Now the abaya and the hijab are no longer as protector but also fashion complement. Abaya is given an increasingly modern touch in a variety of colors and shapes. Even according to various sources, traditional Indonesian and Malaysian fashion kebaya is taken from the word abaya.
Although the traditional Indonesian fashion kebaya but abaya is also in demand by Muslim women in Indonesia who are predominantly Muslim. The model is straight and loose to make clothes look practical to use in everyday life.
Abaya and gamis have a similar model that is loose long-sleeved Muslim dress to the ankle. However, many abaya are considered more modern because they have been modified. While the robe tends to plain, intersect straight, and do not have many colors. Unlike the abaya now has a variety of models ranging from layers, stacked, and given a touch of glamor like Swarovski crystals or gold thread layers.
Abaya sold in Indonesia was more nuanced light, full of detail, as well as various game pieces. Muslim fashion trends of the past two years are also dominated by the abaya because the shifting style of the scene becomes more simple.