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Though the garment in its most traditional form is usually an all-enveloping black shapeless shroud, many designers have in recent years been updating the abaya, mixing traditional embroidery, patterns and prints with modern fashion trends.Betting on the global appeal of attributes such as comfort, femininity and intrigue, several Lebanese designers are at the forefront of a quest to modernize the traditional garment by remodeling the cuts and experimenting with the fabrics used.Four fashion shows were held this year to highlight the latest abaya trends and designers.TheWhile Mohanna focuses on bright colors and adding a Western touch to the abaya, other designers stick to the more traditional black color and instead use a variety of fabrics and embellishments to update an ancient design.
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