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Thermal comfort perception of hijab usage among young Muslim women for sports activity

Intan Nadirah Mohd Yusof (Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia)
Mohd Rozi Ahmad (Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia)
Nur Ain Yusof (Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia)
Mohamad Faizul Yahya (Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia)
Ibiwani Alisa Hussain (School of Business, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Raja Mohammed Firhad Raja Azidin (Fakulti Sains Sukan dan Rekreasi, Shah Alam, Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi MARA)
Ahmad Munir Che Muhamed (Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia, George Town, Malaysia)

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Article publication date: 29 January 2021

Issue publication date: 31 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the perceived thermal comfort experienced by active Muslim women (AMW) wearing hijabs determined by their experience of comfort sensation while doing sports activities or regular exercises. This study also examines whether the casual hijabs which are widely used among AMW are able to supply the appropriate comfort for active purposes.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used the quantitative method using survey questionnaires to collect 100 primary data obtained from AMW respondents who are university students located around the Klang Valley region in Malaysia.

Findings

Based on the overall results, this study suggests that the common hijabs that are used for casual applications do not offer sufficient comfort to Muslim women while performing sports activities or regular exercises.

Research limitations/implications

The outcome of this study will help to gain a better understanding on hijab preferences and comfort experienced from the viewpoint of regular hijab users. The information will assist industries to consider the selection of the right materials when developing sportswear hijabs to provide better comfort for more AMW in the near future. The method used in this study is useful to gain information on consumer’s profile and value-added details about the discomfort aspects of hijab which are scarce in the existing literature on thermal comfort.

Originality/value

This study was conducted to explore the type of hijabs commonly worn by AMW while performing sports activities and to obtain their views on the perceived thermal comfort.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia for the grant under Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS/1/2018/STG07/UITM/02/1). The assistance from the Research Management Center (RMC) of Universiti Teknologi MARA is also highly appreciated.

Citation

Mohd Yusof, I.N., Ahmad, M.R., Yusof, N.A., Yahya, M.F., Hussain, I.A., Raja Azidin, R.M.F. and Che Muhamed, A.M. (2021), "Thermal comfort perception of hijab usage among young Muslim women for sports activity", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 105-117. https://doi.org/10.1108/RJTA-05-2020-0049

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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