I absolutely love the paisley print white beaded caftan my mother-in-law bought for me from Mecca on her umrah trip years ago. Honestly, before I was going on the umrah trip myself, I did envision buying a few black abayas (I genuinely love those decorated super-black abayas) but I never imagined about the possibility of stumbling upon a fancy caftan like that white one.

I was really excited that I did, except instead of in Mecca, I found this beautiful dark blue patterned caftan nestled in a narrow corner in a tiny shop in Madinah. (You could see a photo of me shopping in that exact shop in this Madinah Photo Diary post!)




The intricate beads around the rich green neckline are such a gorgeous addition to the rainbow circle patterns on the dark navy blue background, so I chose to highlight that green with my hijab. My baby niece loved the colourful round patterns so much that she called this caftan the "donut dress" — donut being one of her favourite things ever, so I'll take that as the best compliment ever!


In Malaysia, Eid is pretty much celebrated for the entire month of Syawal, which comes after the fasting month of Ramadhan. I wore the jewel-toned baju kurung on Eid while celebrating with Shah's family, but Eid celebration in my hometown with my own family deserves an equally special outfit too so thank God for this beautiful caftan!

But which of the two Eid outfits do you like more: the jewel-toned baju kurung or this beaded navy caftan?


Wearing: Zara leather mules  |  Aldo pom pom bag

I did buy a few black abayas while I was in Mecca and Madinah! I haven't shot any of them so in the meantime, here are some of my current faves; click on each image to see the abaya up close:
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