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The word “kaftan” means fabric in Urdu.
It’s a term of honor for people who have worked for the country’s ruling elite.
But many women are learning to weave kaftans in their daily lives.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that as of 2014, women in the Urdu-speaking world made up nearly a quarter of the total workforce in India, a country of 2.4 billion people.
But, according to the survey, only 40 percent of women who are earning money to support their families are earning enough to buy a kaftaan, a traditional silk garment that’s worn as a hijab and worn by Muslims.
As women learn to craft their own kaftanos, they’re also becoming more aware of the importance of wearing a hijab for modesty.
“When we wear hijab, we wear it to show respect for the people of this country,” said Jasmine Dixit, an associate professor of history at Harvard University.
“So it’s important to show it to all women.”
Dixit says the hijab is also seen as an expression of Muslim faith.
In India, Muslims are considered to be the second-largest religion in the country, after Hinduism.
So, when women wear the hijab, they don’t necessarily just dress in the hijab.
They wear it as a sign of faith and devotion to Allah.
“We don’t just have to wear hijab,” Dixits told CBS News.
“We can have it on our heads or our chests, or our arms, or whatever we choose to do.
And it can be worn in many different ways.”
The importance of the hijab has led to more women learning to make their own silk fabric.
A lot of women in India have come to the realization that they need to buy and sew their own garments, Dixitt says.
“Because it’s the first time I think I have seen a woman wearing a kaffiyeh [a head scarf] and it’s not a hijab,” she said.
Dixitt is also excited about the fact that women are starting to embrace the use of kaftanas in the kitchen, a tradition that has been passed down through generations of women.
“It’s such a simple, everyday, everyday thing that a lot of people are starting now to embrace it,” she says.
For many women in Indian households, the cost of buying kaftas is often prohibitive.
Dixith says that’s something she hopes to change.
“I want to help women in their everyday lives,” she explained.
“If I can help women out there, I’m all for it.”