Express.co.uk can reveal shopkeepers in Blackburn, the British town with the third highest Muslim population, are enjoying a boom in sales.
The burka is the most concealing of all Islamic dress incorporating a usually black one-piece garment which covers the face and body with a mesh covering the wearer’s eyes.
It is designed to effectively dehumanise the wearer in the interests of modesty by disguising all of her physical elements.
In the Islamic faith both garments are worn as an assertion of religious and cultural identity.
And they both got a boost from an unexpected quarter just days ago when Marks & Spencer unveiled its ‘burkini’ Islamic swimwear to howls of derision from both feminists and designers.
Many Britons find the burka and niqab sexist and even threatening.