A burqa is an enveloping outer garment worn by women in some Islamic traditions for the purpose of cloaking the entire body. It is worn over the usual daily clothing and removed when the woman returns to the sanctuary of the household. The burqa is usually understood to be the woman's loose body-covering, plus the head-covering, plus the face-veil. The word comes from the Arabic root which means to patch up or to sew up.The face-veil portion is usually a rectangular piece of semi-transparent cloth whose top side is sewn to corresponding portion of the head-scarf, so that the veil hangs down loose from the scarf, and it can be turned up if the woman wishes to reveal her face. In other cases, the niq b part can be a side-attached cloth which covers the face below the eyes' region.