Ithaca Now had the opportunity to speak with Nancy Hoque, designer and founder of sixteenR.com, a company that designs headscarves for Muslim women. For Hoque, the headscarf serves as a tool of empowerment for women — not as a suggestion of oppression.
“Maybe in other countries or in the past, a woman may have been forced to wear the scarf, and you’re ever not given the choice to do something, then it automatically feels oppressive,” Hoque says. “What we’re doing with our company is we’ve recognized that a lot of women have started to cover by choice. They want to cover their hair. They want to show their identity. They want to find out who they are.”
Check out the Ithacan for an in-depth interview with Hoque.