I'm sure some of you may be confused when buying tudung bawal coz there's so many kinds.There are many types of tudung bawal (voile) and there classed according to grades-1,2,3 etc. This all depends on the quality of the kain. The highest quality of bawal is called "bawal akbar". The prices can go up to RM200++ ! I think it was named after the person who owns the factory making this material. You can only find very good quality tudungs in Kelantan. The better the quality the tudung, the better it will look on your face. This is because it forms a nice 'shape' on your face and better color quality. So next time go for a holiday in Kelantan for some serious tudung shopping!
Here are some pictures and examples of the different types of tudung and how you can differentiate them.
1) Tudung bawal no.2
This is a lower grade of tudung bawal. The material is quite 'keras' (stiff) and resembles cotton. The
colors are also not flattering to the skin. The material also is easily frayed or 'mudah berbulu' after
some washes. Plus the color also fades.These tudung are cheap and are priced between RM12-
RM18 in Kelantan. I suggest wearing these only for casual affairs like going to the 'pasar malam' or
at home when people come over.
2) Tudung bawal no.1
This is a good quality tudung and is good value for money. The material is soft, easy to handle
and easy to fold (lipat) when wearing. Bawal no.1 colors are quite pretty as they are not too bright
or garish. You can see from the picture that the material is quite thin (nipis) and 'gauzy'-like when
you rub the material together. The embroidery is of better quality than bawal no.2.
3) Tudung bawal "Akbar"
Bawal "Akbar" is the highest quality of bawal you can get. What it is really is just
"Japanese voile". The embroidery is usually hand-stiched and very delicate. The material is
quite 'gauzy, does not fray at all, all colors are gorgeous pastels and
it is very easy to iron. I swear, you only have to iron once and it will not go 'berkedut' even if
you scrunch it up and throw it on the sofa.