The abaya is a cultural and religious symbol. It doesn’t just fit the criteria for Islamic dress code but it is also an elegant and stylish cultural symbol. However, those who aren’t familiar with modest fashion may not realise that the Abaya is an ancient garment with a history that stretches back for thousands of years. The Abaya is a popular dress item in many Middle Eastern countries, as it only leaves the hands, feet, and face exposed. Many complement their Abayas with a niqab or burka.