Cindy Bremen Speaks About Her Designs
By Emdad Rahman, UK Correspondent for IslamOnline.net, Oct. 23, 2008
For more information and background, please read the entire article at the linked title above. Here is the introduction:
In the Netherlands the hijab (headscarf) has been the subject of many discussions. The question remains whether it is representative, safe to wear during sports activities or opposed to women’s rights. Many native Dutch people feel that wearing the hijab symbolizes oppression of women. In the Western world, wearing a hijab was in vogue in the ‘50’s and early ‘60’s. Since the arrival of Muslim women in the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s, due to the immigration of foreign labourers, the hijab has become a taboo.
The Dutch designer Cindy Van Den Bremen, represents the brains behind Capsters. The history of Capsters starts in the graduation project of Van den Bremen at the Design Academy Eindhoven back in 1999. The concept was based on the idea to give Muslim girls and their gym teachers in the Netherlands an alternative to the traditional hijab to wear during gym classes. The designs were realized in close co-operation with Muslim girls and an Imam. Due to positive publicity, orders started coming in and soon the brand Capsters® was born. In 2001 the first sports series were launched and has eversince been sold worldwide. Not only have the Muslim women showed interest, but other women and even men as well. For several years now Capsters have served an international and diverse clientele.
Also, link to Capsters.com for more information on the products and photos.