Would You Like A Colorful, Batik Sarong For Father’s Day?
I have never, ever, worn a sarong! That is yet another reason why I was never a true Sri Lankan.
To be fair much of that probably had to do with the fact that I left Sri Lanka (Ceylon at the time) when I was quite young, 13 to be precise. You didn’t get into sarongs until you were a bit older — especially if, like I, you were from an aspirational upper middle-class family, living in the capital Colombo — particularly so if you had an adoptive mother who was an out-and-out anglophile. I wore shorts (most of the time), tailored longs for special occasions and pajamas to sleep in. It was (thank Buddha) very British and I was very comfortable with all of that. My adoptive father, when at home, and not meeting with the myriad visitors we had each day, would wear a sarong. He too was very comfortable with that. But he came from a different background to my mother. All my older male relatives, in private, wore sarongs.
My paternal grandfather wore only wore sarongs.
But not I. I have no problem walking around with a towel around my waist but I cannot see myself in a sarong. Kind of funny.
Again, this is Kapruka. So this a Father’s Day gift to be delivered in Sri Lanka.
But it you need a sarong it is not difficult to make. Start with a bed sheet and have someone sew it into loop. That is it. Differs from a towel in that it is a sewn together loop of fabric. Happy Father’s Day.
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