SMOCKS/BATAKARI, NEW FASHION TREND IN GHANA….
Smock, also known as Batakari or Fugu is a traditional attire commonly worn by people in the Northern part of Ghana.
Until recently, the smock was the preserve of only men, mostly chiefs, elders and leaders of the land, with women wearing the material as cloth or put them on as African dress during festivals or special occasions.
The traditional attire has now received a new rendition in Ghana, with the focus now on females and how they can rock the attire. The now in vogue female version of the traditional attire comes in the usual sac-style with two big pockets either on the chest or by the side, is designed with feminine features to expose the beauty and charm of the material and with its length up to the knee.
Unlike the male smocks, the female smocks come in different colours which compliments all skin types as well as being fit to be worn for all occasions. Some of the colours they come in include yellow and white, red and white, blue and white, pink and white, green and white and a host of others.
Lately, it is common to spot females rocking the rejuvenated female smock clothing at functions such as wedding, parties and even at churches.
Traders now boldly display the attire which is mostly already sown in front of their shops to attract people.
A visit by Ghanaclass.com to some clothing shops in Accra, Adabraka, Osu, Madina and Dansoman revealed that it is now common practice for females to walk into shops to enquire about the smock attire.
One of the owners of the shops we visited, Niral Clothing, told us that she gets her female smocks from a man who sews them in the Northern Region.
“The attire is the trend now for most women, and since I started selling it I have sold out anytime I bring in stock. When my clients request for the smock, I show them the ones I already have here some readily purchase the one in stock but others also prefer theirs in specific colours. In such situations I call my supplier in the North with their measurements and preferred colours. He makes them per my directions and sends it to me.”
According to her, the smock has different price range ‘the prices for them start from GH₵ 120.00 upwards, this depends on the colours you want’.
Last year the smock was officially declared as a national Friday wear and it is to be worn on the first Friday of every month.
The main purpose of the initiative is to boost the patronage of made-in-Ghana goods and to step up the international appeal and reach of ‘Batakari’.
BY NAA KWAAMAH ANKRAH.
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