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Hijabs & manga

  • Dina Indrasafitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 30 2011   /  09:11 am

Welcome: An illustration by Sarah Tauhid, an Indonesian artist currently residing in Australia. She used the artwork for an Idul Fitri greeting for her friends.While some would associate anime and manga — the Japanese take on cartoons — with short skirts and flowing, multicolored hair, the spread of the art to various countries has given birth to a flow of hijab-donning doe-eyed characters.

These characters are easily found in various bookstores in Jakarta. Illustrations drawn in manga style decorate the covers of Islamic books and fiction that convey religious messages or that have characters that are depicted as Muslims.

Studio Siput, a small art studio comprising three workers, has experience providing illustrations for Islamic books. Their latest works are the illustrations for a series of children’s books called Princess Jihan.

The princess on the covers...