When Hilal Ibrahim found out that Muslim healthcare workers were throwing away their hijabs in between shifts for infection control purposes, she set out to design a sanitary head scarf that could be easily washed and safely reused.
The Minnesota fashion designer and owner of Henna & Hijabs, a boutique specializing in organic henna and handcrafted hijabs, has donated over 700 hijabs to COVID-19 doctors and nurses all over the state. They come in a variety of neutral colors, including black, tan, blue, and blush pink, and were designed at a length that adheres to religious needs.
In light of COVID-19, Ibrahim's tailors have added extra steps to the manufacturing process. Everyone wears gloves and masks when handling the hijabs and takes extra caution to help mitigate the spread of germs when packaging them.
Also Ibrahim communicates with Minnesota hospitals, including Health Partners, Park Nicollet, Hennepin Health, Allina Health, University of Minnesota Health, and the Mayo Clinic, to come up with a safe drop-off plan before delivering the hijabs.