You know, I do like the look of long khimaars.
Our city has a medium sized Somali community and its not infrequent to see Somali women skitting along the street with their long khimaars floating behind them. Ofcourse where I live currently no has zero Somalis and the area of the city I am moving too in June does not really have any either. The government likes to settle them in 1-2 city neighborhoods so they have their own community-regardless of how I feel about that *ahem*…thats how it is, so in those communities long khimaars are without exception the norm.
But, while I admit they are very beautiful, especially the very long ones…they seem to float on the air, flicking color here and there…they just don’t strike me as very practical. Heres why…so the lovely long ones seem so cumbersome…hello…hands…while the short ones-seem to lack the flow, and because they are shorter and have less weight, I can imagine windy conditions could flip it off your head.
Of course I really don’t know and whats funny is that I’m probably the opposite of most western sisters…I am way more comfortable in an overhead overgarment than most are yet in a long khimaar I reckon I would be a hopeless mess. LOL. I guess it boils down to what your used too.
But they are lovely…I currently own 3. One black crepe, hip length one I had made in Saudi, one ankle length Somali style one I picked up in a local Afro-Muslim market, the material its made out of is really cheap and the sewing isnt good, but its long and the color is a spring-y pistachio grey green. It has slits for the hands and the one which I just got from France called a cape cloche, but its still a long khimaar. They come in uber long and sort of long-I got the thigh length “sort of long” style.
It’s not constructed like most of the khimaars we are used too, with the seam up the front, these have 2 seams on the side-like around ear level and then cover the chin.
I really have not worn them out too-too much, although yesterday I wore my French cape cloche out…details to follow in next blog post and about a month ago I wore the black Saudi number to the local grocery store and got stared down like I was fresh off a space ship or something. I guess the biggest reason why I don’t feel like I could give with long khimaars is that one always associates long khimaars with skirts and as ive mentioned before…me and skirts dont mesh well. I prefer pants-particularly jeans and the nice thing about overhead overgaments is you can throw it over a scarf, tunic and jeans and be out the door, no hassles, but to me, skirts seem kind of dressy and hassle-y…like what if the wind blows or your playing with your child. The few times I wear skirts I seriously put them over a pair of jeans. hehehe.
Am I weird or something?
So what do you all think of long khimaars, comfort? styles? wearability?
So next up…my day in a long khimaar *muahahaha*