Kij? is a two part adaptable veil that allows women to alter how much of their face is exposed to the people around them, giving them a break from the daily strive for physical perfection. It also acts as a symbol of solidarity towards Muslim women in Ireland by normalising the wearing of veils.
Kij? is an industrial design thesis project which developed in response to Ireland’s growing Muslim population in recent years, and the connection between the Muslim veil and the societal pressure on women to be consistently beautiful and approachable in public spaces.
To many people in Ireland the hijab is a symbol of Islam, leaving many Muslim women to carry the burden of representing an entire religion on a daily basis. Through non-Muslim women wearing Kij?, the visual divide between all Muslim women in Ireland is blurred and the public is encouraged to reconsider the meaning of the veil.