A Snappy Dresser

Hamid Karzai

You?

They probably just tolerate each other.  But there they were, Presidents Obama and Karzai, together again, making nice at the White House.

“Gerry, you’re writing about the war in Afghanistan?” 

“Heavens, no.  I’m spectacularly unqualified to do that.”

It’s just that every time I see Karzai, I’m digging his robe.  Or cape.  Or coat.  Whatever you want to call it.  The hat’s OK, but the robe, that’s one sharp garment.  As it turns out, the hat is called a karakul, and the robe is called a chapan. 

And thanks to a California mail order company, you can sport the Karzai look.

I can seriously see myself padding about the house in that chapan.  And you?

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About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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18 Responses to A Snappy Dresser

  1. Debby says:

    Haha interesting information this!
    I love the names. 😀

  2. richb says:

    Bet your ratings would skyrocket if you showed up on the 6 pm news wearing it. A bit too formal for the 5 or 5:30 newscast though.

  3. Kathryn D. says:

    I like the versatility of the chapan: over the shoulders or wrapped at the waist. Quite the fashion statement. The karakul is another issue. Is it ensemble available in other colors? And, I wonder does one size fit all?

  4. James says:

    Gerry – I don’t see the chapan working for me – but then I don’t like robes of any kind. However, I think it would work for you in World Headquarters. It would give your pronouncements on the 11pm news a special kind of gravitas!

    De gustibus non est disputandum.

  5. Kevin says:

    all Karzai the Great is missing from his outfit is the magic wand, then he could work birthdays, barmitzvahs and corporate outings.

  6. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    Looks like somebody sat on his fez.

  7. Kevin says:

    looking forward to seeing him drive a Shriner cart in this year’s Memorial day parade, it’s always a crowd pleaser.

  8. Chip Gorra says:

    All you need is that chapan and a wizard hat, and you could join the cast of the next Harry Potter movie: Nearly Mustachioed Gerry…

  9. Linda S. Brooks says:

    TRYING to make nice….does the chapan have pockets? Just think of all the stuff one could carry around the mountains of Afghanistan!!

  10. I have to admit, I do like the colors on the chapan! I wouldn’t mind walking around my house or even back and forth to the pool.

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