However, the fashion and usage revolving around the buibui is slowly diluting the meaning of the dress and generating criticism.
The dress was associated with humbleness, peace, calm in such a way that even if you are lost on the way, you would be confident in asking a woman dressed in a buibui for direction.
Apart from it being used in prostitution, it has been used in conducting terror activities, maybe because it would be difficult to suspect a woman dressed in buibui as a criminal.
A definition of a real buibui, according to Islam, is a long black dressing that should not contain any flashy things or slits that would grab the attention of onlookers.
Khalifa said women are not to show their adornment, hence the buibui being the way it is covers it all.
Touring the streets of Mombasa, I came across a woman by the name Fatuma Ibrahim, a resident from Kilifi area, who said she cannot walk outside her door without a buibui.
She said she was brought up knowing that buibuis are black, and that is the reason she prefers her buibui black, no matter how much the dressing changes with fashion and style.
15) remains elusive, this approach soon reveals its weaknesses: the rise of 'the new veiling', whereby the niqab replaces the traditional buibui
, is consistent with the pattern in other areas, particularly the Arab region.