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My Dirac: Exploring Culture and Belonging Through Clothing

In this essay from her new website Ina'Xaashi, the author explains how the Somali dirac came to symbolise the connection between her British and Somali identities

Ina'Xaashi (meaning daughter of Hashi) is an online project exploring cultural belonging for Somali diaspora through fashion and writing by London-based writer Hoda Hashi. Issue One on identity and belonging opens with this story about Hoda's relationship with the Somali dirac dress and its significance to understanding her own diaspora identity.

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For the displaced and their children
Conserving culture is king
And clothes become the symbol
Of a much deeper thing

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