Thursday, October 15, 2009
The Power of the Hoodie
We have a large Somali community here in Columbus and it seems that many of them end up attending the local community college where I teach. Of course, we also have a number of students from Kenya, the Sudan, and the Middle East. So, it isn't unusual to see female students dressed in traditional Muslim clothes. A few of them wear full burkhas, but most have long dresses and head coverings that frame their faces, kind of like nuns used to wear.
The material of their clothes is light, similar to what they used at home in a much warmer climate, I'm sure.
Well, the temperature in Columbus has taken a dive, with a high of 45 the past few days. Yesterday, as the students were milling around, I saw a couple of women in their traditional long skirts and head coverings with hoodie sweatshirts.
It just made me laugh. It seems the ultimate adaptation, to wear an Aeropostale hoodi mixed with their religiously-required garments.
Maybe there's hope for future generations since they can all embrace the hooded sweatshirt.
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