They pick pieces up from the fashion boutiques in Brazzaville or have pieces made by local tailors. Certain pockets of the Congolese took inspiration from this new influx of French elan; Paris sophistication and elegance became the sartorial goal. Photo: Hector Mediavilla It’s not a clandestine society either; the focus is on inclusiveness. Men borrow pieces from one another, and focus on putting it all together in an individual, creative way. It’s a way of life and it’s a way of having pride in yourself. The Sapeurs like to say that it passes through generations, from grandfather to father to son.
This change will see the scrapping of clauses in regards to insulting the king, his wife and his possible successor, D66 parliamentarian Kees Verhoeven said in the proposed bill. The Sapeurs look doesn’t have to come at great expense either, says Mediavilla. This is about our king, who cannot defend himself in a public debate, Van Dam told popular daily tabloid De Telegraaf over the weekend. A lot of the clothes come from Europe and are sold in the Congo. Initiation into the visual and social codes of the Sapeur society comes through myriad ways too. Even Rutte s VVD, which initially supported D66, seems to have second thoughts, De Telegraaf said.
Parliament s lower house will on Thursday discuss a bill proposed by the progressive D66 party, which would drop clauses against defaming the king contained within wider laws on crimes against the royalty. There are strict behavioral customs that come with being a Sapeur which are as important, if not more so, than dressing with dash and flair. Last used in July 2016, a man was jailed for 30 days for insulting Willem-Alexander on Facebook, calling him a murderer, thief and rapist... ... .