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Friday, August 5, 2011

Ramadan Mubarak!

The holy month of Ramadan started a few days ago. That means that Muslims all over the world will be fasting, praying and trying to get closer to GOD. Ramadan is a joyous month but it is also a tiring month because we have to wake up early to eat breakfast, cook at odd hours, trying to be patient without lots of energy. But it is all for a good cause so I will not be complaining.
I went to the Mosque today. I do not go often due to several reasons, mainly excuses. I am happy to report that I will go often during this month of Ramadan and I am grateful for that.

This is what I wore:

White scarf - Walmart
Dress - tailor made at home
black pants - Ross
Striped shoes - Zara

After looking everywhere for something suitable for the Mosque I found this dress inside my suitcase.  The last time I wore it I was pregnant with my second boy. I was back home, 7 months pregnant with all my clothes being too tight. I needed some new clothes. Too lazy to go shopping-besides I am not sure they have shops specialising in maternity dress back home- I decided to use the pile of cloths I had sitting at my mom's and make myself some pregnancy appropriate clothes. I took the material to the local tailor and showed him my designs. He promised to deliver cute and maternity suitable dresses in a week. A week passed by, then two. Nothing. I became so impatient that I sent my cousin to talk to him -because I knew I would blow in his face. After my cousin transmitted my threats, he finally finished on the clothes. I gave him 5 things to make : an Indian style tunic, a caftan, two empire waist maxi dresses and a simple top. The tunic and the caftan were a marvel but he botched the rest of the outfits. The neck of this dress is not well made, and the sequins and lace details he put on it are really cheap looking. And you should see the details on the other dress. They are so ugly they make me puke. I was mad but too disgusted to even complain. I just silently decided that he lost my business right then and there. Needless to say that the dress was not worn after I gave birth because I did not like it. This is the main reason why I hate going to the tailors and prefer to shop retail.
Anyway, after today, I changed my mind about the dress. It is very airy hence perfect for this Summer's heat. And getting a few compliments on it only added to the new found love.

The cheap looking details (lace and sequins)

Decided to wear my striped shoes since I do not very often, my red patent leather shoes would have been better though

Poorely photographed jewelry: filigree earrings bought I do not remember where and my favorite Sonia Rykiel necklace bought some almost 10 years ago

This dress is made out of a cloth called Khartoum back home. It is very airy. Back home women use it to make Summer outfits. It is also very affordable.

Khartoum material

One can wear the cloth like a Meulfeu, or Mauritanian women traditional dress by tieing some ends of the clothes on the shoulders and rolling the huge piece of clothes around the body to cover it entirely. It is very airy and I find it to be very feminine.

Mauritanian women wearing what we call in Senegal Meulfeu
Actually I used to wear it like that until I realised that I was not an expert at tying the cloth properly. And since I hate pulling and readjusting my clothes, I just decided to make it into two dresses. I now want more Khartoum in my life. But next time I get one, I will have a good tailor make a shape out of it so I can tie it properly. Imagine me walking around in the streets of Yokohama wearing a Meulfeu? Fun!

Best wishes for the holy month.
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