Inzain. My morning papers tradition has been long left dusting in the uncomplete crooked shelves of my existence (Lovely, innit ?) I had an urge the other day to go through the dailies. These were the dailies of the day in which the Ministry Of Commerce released a statement asserting dishdasha tailors to commit to the 'áccepted' design óf the Omani dishdasha, and not get excessively conformative with the wishes of some of their more creative customers.
I was rather impressed with the decision. It came perfectly preemptive, and the language delivered the seriousness suitable for the sensitivity of the matter.
I was then surprised to see that some of the aforementioned more creative customers, came barking back with claims that new regulations are against personal liberties, not soundly enforceable and out of the Ministry of Commerce's turf in the first place.
I had previously posted a comment in a blog
post in which the topic was discussed, after which the blog owner very conveniently deleted, but for the sake of the better good I will repost my comment here.
The argument said that the government putting out a warning like this one is against the personal liberty of choice of clothing. To think that would be utterly stupid, simply because the government CAN tell you what not to wear. Logically, if the government can control what is not to be worn, they can with equal power control what can. The government can choose to decide that no conceivable item of clothing is allowed to be worn (which kinda would be fun), which in effect has eliminated every choice you have of choosing in what to wear. Saying anything against that is a logical fallacy.
I was rather surprised at these people hoping that this would not be enforceable. A completely ridiculously argument easily countered by a simple visit to the nearest dishdasha place.
Then there's Ministry Of Commerce sticking their noses where it doesn't belong. Any money in exchange for a product in Omani territory is the responsibility of the Ministry Of Commerce. This clearly being a quality control measure easily puts it within the leashes of the MOC.
My concern here comes from being a jealous Omani, slightly too attached to a slightly struggling cultural image which everyone else seems to be taking a stab at. People who's little belonging to the land, makes it difficult to see the need for decisions that preserve and echo the makings of our identity to the future, as they have been echoed from the past.
Not only that, but to defend against an icon which has been tampered with only to create a disgustingly vile and revolting hybrid of between some of the greatest things in the world ( Oman ) and some of the very worst. (Kuwait) is just shockingly tasteless.
و السموحة منكم ...
;By Balqis, at
September 09, 2008 10:43 AM
gWe're talking about tampering disdasha, not about changing national dress from disdasha to bikini
Don't tell me you're afraid that if you start like that, you'll end up naked
;By TI3GIB, at
September 10, 2008 3:14 AM
gIt's not about the dishdasha .. It's about what the dishdasha represents.
;By Suburban, at
September 11, 2008 2:38 PM
gSo what's your take on Abayah?
It's not traditional for Oman. Like, if they're going to start enforcing traditional fashion, maybe they sould start with that?
Just my 2 cents.
;By Balqis, at
September 11, 2008 5:17 PM
gThe mussar or the kumma are more representatives
If we follow your reasoning then we should not allow kuwaitis and Saudis to wear their disdashas
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