One of the UAE's first and most well known couture abaya labels is Mauzan. Mauzan, which is Arabic for "rare pearl," was founded in 1990 by Al Ain born designer Rafia Helal Bin Drai. Supported by her father who saw her natural creative talent and passion for art and fashion, Rafia turned her hobby of designing her own abayas into a successful business, opening her first Mauzan boutique in Al Ain in 1990.
Fast-forward almost 25 years later and Mauzan is now one of the hottest abaya labels in the Middle East. She employs over 300 highly skilled seamstresses who turn her visions into reality by hand. As well as Mauzan, the main line, she also now has two other lines, Miss Mauzan and Mauzan Exclusive. Miss Mauzan is a younger line, while Mauzan Exclusive is a haute couture collection.
What I love about Mauzan is that Rafia has pioneered the use of fabrics that you would not usually think of using for an abaya. We are talking French tweed, leather and Italian jacquard. The cuts are also so precise, sophisticated and tailored. Other aspects of the latest collection that caught my attention are the fabulous belted jacket abayas which are the chicest way possible of covering up for the winter - you don't have to be an abaya wearer to wear one - and the ombre effect on the embroidery on some of the abayas that has been created with different coloured threads. I'm also loving the whole non-black abaya trend that has been going on in the past year and the monochrome black and white abayas, both found in Mauzan's latest collection too.
You can find Mauzan at:
The Dubai Mall, Second Floor, Dubai, UAE
Tel. +971 (0)4 3399505
Al Ain Mall, First Floor, Al Ain, UAE
Tel. +971 (0)3 7376030
Follow Mauzan on instagram @mauzan