IN KEEP­ING WITH TRA­DI­TION

HI Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - –salim@time­so­fo­man.com STORY SALIM AL AFIFI PHO­TOG­RA­PHY SUPPLIED

Visit Dar Saaf for ex­clu­sive dish­dashas that are made with a supreme taste of lux­ury and style. Make a fash­ion state­ment by wear­ing them.

Long gone are the days of wear­ing a plain, out-of-date dishdasha as peo­ple in town are be­com­ing more and more aware of the lat­est trends that hit the mar­ket. They de­velop their unique sense of fash­ion that rep­re­sents their in­di­vid­u­al­ity, which is what Dar Saaf is all about.

The bou­tique is lo­cated be­hind the petrol sta­tion fac­ing Al Mouj in North Al Hail and as you en­ter the store you will quickly re­alise that this is not your typ­i­cal tai­lor­ing shop, where they mea­sure you and throw a bunch of fab­ric rolls for you to choose from. Here it’s a classy game. The logo it­self is one of my favourite in town, in­spired by palm trees as Saaf lit­er­ally trans­lates to palm tree branch. A beau­ti­ful scent of el­e­gant Oud is al­ways fill­ing the air, giv­ing your nos­tril a scent to re­mem­ber.

The place has a hu­mon­gous col­lec­tion of luxe fab­rics that are hand­crafted to add a hint of glam­our to your per­son­al­ity as it is known in town as the go-to place for men’s tra­di­tional dresses and its ac­ces­sories. The fash­ion house car­ries a va­ri­ety of tra­di­tional en­sem­bles that com­ple­ment your fash­ion­able look, things such as gen­uine mus­sars from Kash­mir, gold painted strips that add a royal touch, skil­fully stitched dish­dashas, which are matched with the mussar or kuma, giv­ing you a cus­tomised look for cel­e­bra­tions and for­mal cer­e­monies.

What I love about this place is the sense of style that the own­ers have; the cat­a­logue is full of beau­ti­ful pas­tel colours as well as in­ter­est­ing dark shades. My ab­so­lute favourite is a black dishdasha with gold stitch­ing that takes the form of tiny leaves, paired with a con­trast­ing white mussar that has the same gold stitch­ing. This is prob­a­bly my next buy. It adds so much char­ac­ter and con­trol to its wearer. As they say, wear the dishdasha and don’t let it wear you. Is this a real say­ing or just cooked- up? It doesn’t mat­ter, as the point lies in mak­ing a state­ment and turn­ing plain dish­dashas to fash­ion­able pieces that will surely turn heads.

Dar Saaf of­fers a sec­tion for women as well, sit­u­ated on the first floor where you will find a se­lec­tion of stylish dresses and abayas de­signed by Ruqaiya Al Harthi, co­founder of the store. And, if you en­joyed the Oud scent at the store, head to their in­cense sec­tion and shop for some of the best Oud se­lec­tions, crafted to perfection by ex­perts to add that luxe flavour to your al­ready fab­u­lous dishdasha. So, empty up your closet and get here, you’ll be amazed how colours and stitches can change one’s look from bor­ing to trendy.

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