A Muraqa'a is a patched garment worn by dervishes throughout the Near East and both Western and Northern Africa. Part practical, part symbolic, the Muraqa'a is above all a garment of humility. The patches are, at first, the outcome of the type of the simplicity that would rather repair an old garment than purchase a new one, eschewing the ostentation and egoic desperation of constant consumption. From these origins, the Muraqa'a became a symbolic garment, representing the goal of the seeker's journey to true humility. It is, in a sense, an outward support for an inward journey.
Fitra founder, Benyamin, at the age of 17, began his studies at the feet of these dervishes from both Senegal and Morocco. Now, more than 20 years later, we wanted to attempt to translate some tiny hint of the benefit of that experience into a garment that could be relevant to our American context.
We're humbled and honored to present our translation of the MURAQA'A: a Knickerbocker x Hamid Holloman Patchwork Chore Coat, exclusive to Fitra.
Presented with love and prayer.
Construction is a double needle felled chain-stitched seam.
Patched with assorted vintage fabrics.
Four patch pockets.
Tailored work fit.
Jacket: New York, N.Y.
Patchwork: Philadelphia, PA
Fabric: 9oz. cotton bull denim. Label: Produced on 1950's needle loom.
Ben is 6'0", 185 lbs., and is wearing an Extra Large.