I finally got my my anticipated Somali diraacs from Umm Abdullah at Diraac Fabulous about 2 weeks ago. They were perfect, I just had to shortening the under skirt a wee tad (because the trend is for the “empire” look and I prefer my skirts to be at my waist). Anyway, they were perfect!
I dont have really good pictures yet but I did manage to take this picture using my husbands laptop of me modeling one of the diraacs. This one is a regularly cut one and I have on arm covers. The dress is tucked into the waistband of the skirt and I am wearing a matching hijab with the shawl draped over my shoulder.
The other one is a farasha or butterfly style diraac where the dress is actually sewn into a butterfly style and it’s tucked into the skirt in a slightly different way.
I admit it took me a few tries to get the diraac looking right, but I think I have it. I am now totally loving these things! I could dig this for everyday wear even.
I think they will be great for a sisters party and I am also thinking that you could wear them around the house pretty easily and/or have one made where the dress is like ankle length and just wear that with the skirt so you dont need to tuck the skirt in. Either way, they r pretty neat!
Here are some pictures I found froma Somali-owned shop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia which sells the diraacs and other traditional Somali items. I sooo hope shops like this exist in the Eastern Provinces because I can forsee lotsa happy shopping ahead if there is!