Muslim women wearing the burkini in Western Sydney.
(photo credit: SAEED KHAN / AFP)
The burkini bans in France have increased both interest and sales in the full-body Islamic inspired swimsuit, especially amongst non-Muslim women, the Australian designer of the garment said, according to the Guardian.
The burkini has sparked controversy in France with 15 towns banning the swimsuit in the south-east of the country after heightened tensions since deadly terror attacks.
Aheda Zanetti, the Australian-Lebanese who claims the trademark for the name burkini and burqini, claims that the controversy has attracted publicity for her creation, which she designed over a decade ago.
The 48-year-old from Sydney said that she ordinarily receives around 10 to 12 orders on Sunday but “I can tell you that online on Sunday, we received 60 orders – all of them non-Muslim.”
Many messages she received came from cancer survivors and swimmers who use the lightweight, two-garments to protect their skin from the sun.
Zanetti said: “The support I’m getting is somehow about empowering women ... I feel like I’ve been a counselor. It’s a cry of need that they want to have this enjoyment."
“Women are standing together on this. It doesn’t matter what race or religion.”
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Zanetti claims that the swimsuit is misunderstood and said: "I wanted to create something that would blend in with the Australian lifestyle and allow for modesty," according to the Daily Mail
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