Happy first day of December!! Can you believe it’s December already? Umm when did that happen? *Sigh*, I literally cannot keep up with this year, it’s like, the older I get the faster the years seem to go by lol. Today’s post means a lot to me so please keep scrolling…
So yeah, I’m wearing my dad’s smock (I promise, I didn’t steal it.) If there is one person who never fails to be my mentor and adviser ever since I was a kid, it was my dad. They say a dad is someone who lets you fall but picks you up and lets you try again; they say a dad is someone who cares but lets you feel the pain to teach you to become strong and to be a fighter; and they say a dad is someone who may not always by your side, but always there in your heart, guiding you all through the right path. These are the things that I always hear about dads, which on the other hand is proved by my dad as he is part of my life since I was born.
I saw my Dad in this outfit when I was a kid (sans the belt and heels obviously 😉). He wore it to church and I instantly fell in love with the style! I think I was 14 or so at that time and I remember consistently begging him to buy me one. And as usual of my dad, he kept saying he will but never did lol. So I made a promise to myself that if he wasn’t gonna buy it for me, then i’m gonna wear his numerous collection (and he has quite a lot) when I get bigger. Wearing a batakari is something I’ve wanted for a very long time, and earlier this year when my boyfriend went to the North, you can imagine my joy when he called to tell me he was gonna get me one. He said it was a surprise but he miss me so much that he can’t keep it to himself, which I wish he did because eventually I didn’t get my Batakari once again; because he lost the number of the man who was making it, and he’s not gone back to the north since he came back hhmmnn (story of my life)
After that, I kinda took off the whole wearing a batakari thingy off my mind cos I kinda figured I wasn’t gonna get it anytime soon. Until I visited my Dad a few months ago and he “bragged” to me about how good his tailor his, I suddenly remembered my promise when he showed me this particular batakari that his tailor just made for me. I just knew this was my chance to make that dream possible, so I took it, forcefully might I add 😉 and here we are…*insert evil laughter*
A little history of the Batakari/fugu, it originated from the northern region of Ghana. The Batakari and Kente cloth is Ghana’s national dress. It is made of smock fabrics that are three to four inches wide, the strips are sewn together by hand or machine ( which is very similar to the kente weaving process.) giving the smock a plaid appearance . Almost all Batakari/Fugu’s have embroidery on the neckline. They are unique in terms of the textures of its fabrics and color pattern. Wearing Batakari can’t be boring, as they come in different style and colors depending on the taste, age and the sex of of the wearer and the occasion. It can be worn anywhere in the world because it can be layered during the cold season or worn like I did during the hot season.
i styled my (ok my Dad’s 😉) batakari in various ways i.e. Skirt, pants and shorts underneath it. A pair of back strap heels, accessorised it with same colored belt to spice up the look and make it more feminine. And a lovely cap also from my father to add up little character to the whole ensemble. This outfit can be worn to all your favorite occasions depending on your mood.
So here i’m, wearing my Dad’s batakari/fugu and cap and I couldn’t be prouder. I’m definitely my father’s daughter! 😍😍😍
What do you think guys? You could try this look during father’s day to make your dad’s day more special!
Let me know 🙂
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Batakari/Cap – My Daddy
Photography – Adonai Works