Mannequins are s*x idols, remove the head before displaying, Kano Hisbah tells fashion designers.
Kano State Hisbah Board stated that mannequins used by tailors’ shops and boutiques in Kano will remain banned based because it’s idolatry
The Commander-General of the Kano Hisbah board, Harun Ibn Sina, who announced the ban in the state, said the use of mannequins contravened the provision of Islamic believe.
But some exception has been made for tailors to display mannequins but they must remove the head.
Mr Ibn Sina who allowed some exception in a press statement after a meeting with the Kano state chapter of the National Association of Tailors.
“The Kano State Hisbah Board, in accordance with the Act that established it in 2001 (as amended in 2003), has banned the use of any mannequin that resembles human body, male or female,” the statement read.
“However, tailors can use mannequins without heads on them, that one is allowed. This is part of the major issues we discussed with the tailors during our meeting with them,” the statement added.
The religious police also warned that it would start raiding such places to remove them, describing the use of the mannequins for advert purposes as idolatry.
The Hisbah announced a ban on the use of mannequins to display clothes by tailors, supermarkets and boutique owners in the state.
The group asserted that it violated Islamic provisions and was responsible for immoral thoughts among some members of the public.
At the time, Mr Ibn Sina had said that the agency would embark on sensitisation of the people to educate them on how Islam frowns on the use of the mannequins, while the agency will send its officials to apprehend and prosecute offenders.