This is a loose-fitting top originating in northern Ghana, with similar styles worn in many areas of West Africa. It is called fugu, or batakari, among other names in Ghana, and is generally made from narrow hand-woven strips of fabric called daboya (similar to kente and aso-oke) with wedge-shaped godets inserted below the chest to give it a flared shape.
This pattern is great for fabric artists, weavers, and fabric lovers. Almost any fabric will do, from your own woven strips to regular yardage – just tear or cut it into strips and sew the strips together.
The Ghanaian Smock is worn by both men and women with the women’s version having elastic at the waist.
Men often wear the smock over trousers or shorts, and it can be worn by women over trousers, leggings, or when made longer, as a dress on its own. Long or short sleeved shirts can be worn underneath the smock.
A kufi cap completes the outfit, and is included in the pattern. Embroidery motifs for the smock are also included.
This is a paper pattern.
Women’s and Men’s- Small to Extra Large
Cottons and cotton blends, wool, rayon, silk. The weight of the facing fabric should be similar to or slightly lighter than the garment fabric.