The Jacket

Ýar, sen gerek, maňa sen gerek
(Sweetheart, you’re needed, I need you)

The best floral jacket I've ever seen.

Have you ever loved an item of clothing so much, that it drives you up the wall? I don’t mean an item you already have in your possession, but a top, skirt or a dress that you’ve seen on somebody else and you wish you could have for yourself. Well, this ‘clothing envy’ is happening to me right now. And what’s worse is that the chances of finding the exact same item to have and to hold as my own is next to none.

Why? Because the beautiful floral jacket worn by the young lady above comes from a video clip. For a Turkmen song.

THIS song, by talented Turkmen singer Mähri Pirgulyýewa.

The song is called “Aýterek-günterek” which translates into English as “White Poplar, Blue Poplar”. This might sound strange but I’ve learnt that it’s actually the name of a children’s game that is popular in Central Asia. The children are split into two teams, hand in hand, and lined up opposite each other at least thirty paces away. The leader of one team calls to the other team, “White poplar, blue poplar, who do you need from us?” (Mähri sings: Aýterek-günterek, bizden size kim gerek? which means exactly that!) and the leader of the other team says, “So and so!”. The chosen person has to run and with all his or her strength break the chain of the opposite team. If he breaks it, he joins his new team. But if not, he remains with the enemy.

She's saying, "do you need me on your team?". Well no, but I NEED YOUR JACKET.
She’s saying, “do you need me on your team?”. Well no, but I NEED YOUR JACKET.

Mähri isn’t really singing a children’s song, but she uses the game as a metaphor for having a love interest and chasing them down. She says, “Sweetheart, you need, you need me“. She wants to be on his ‘team’. The team being his heart… probably. Well, I bloody need the jacket that her ladyfriend is wearing. In fact, there are several young ladies in the video clip apart from Mähri herself, and yet the one with the floral jacket shows up more times than any of the others put together. OBVIOUSLY to taunt me. On purpose.

Yeah, come and get it!
Yeah, come and get it!

This is one of the only floral jackets or blazers out there that I actually like. There are hundreds of them online, but I have never come across one that looks like hers; it looks like a soft polyester, with a lovely arrangement of pinky-orange-red flowers and forest green leaves on a creamy-white base. I have searched and searched and searched and searched in vain for a jacket that even half resembles this one. Do you know how depressing that is?!

Winning colour combination.... never to be repeated again.
Winning colour combination…. never to be repeated on any jacket ever again.

The girl dances around in her pretty jacket, clapping her hands, doing cool Turkmen dance moves, making my face go green with envy. I honestly have never wanted anything more in my entire life. Well, okay that’s an exaggeration… but it’s probably the only floral jacket I will EVER want and can NEVER have 🙁

I'm clapping because I have this beautiful jacket and nobody else can have it.
I’m clapping because I have this beautiful jacket and nobody else can have it.


Doing a little Turkmen shimmy in my fabulous floral jacket. ARE YOU JEALOUS?!
Doing a little Turkmen shimmy in my fabulous floral jacket. ARE YOU JEALOUS?!

So yes, as you can see, I am doomed. Doomed to admire this gorgeous jacket from afar. Even if I somehow make it to Aşgabat one day, capital of Turkmenistan, the likelihood of finding the same one would be nothing short of a miracle. Even if I found the girl herself and asked her. Even if she was able to tell me the name of the shop she bought it from. In which the shopkeeper would tell me, “Oh darling, that was SO last season!”. But she’d say that in Turkmen. And I wouldn’t be able to understand her.


I will continue my undying search for the best look-a-like jacket/blazer, but until then I can only admire and crave and feel extremely jealous and watch that video clip five billion times a day. Not obsessed…. oh no, not obsessed AT ALL.

I have the last laugh! Sucker.......
I have the last laugh! Sucker…….


6 thoughts on “The Jacket

  1. Omg, I have EXACTLY the same obsession! Whatching the vid a couple of times every day. Not only because it’s an a-ma-zing song, but also because of “that jacket”.

    The rest of the video is also wonderful btw. Every person who appears in the music video has charisma, like Mähri herself, and the sounds and little Turkmen dances are making me wanna visit Turkmenistan. <3

    1. Hi Jamie, not sure how you found my post but it’s kind of awesome someone out there has read it 😀

      I’m glad to hear I’m not the only person ga-ga for the song/jacket/Mähri. I love her other friends in it too, and the guy is also a cutie 😉

      I think Turkmenistan would be a fascinating country to visit, especially the capital – opulence and wealth in the middle of a desert!

      1. Hello Jess!

        I was searching for the meaning of “Aýterek günterek”, and that’s how I found your article. I wanted to know what I was actually listening to, and thanks to you I finally know the background of the song.

        I enjoyed reading about the children’s game in Turkmenistan, and the meaning of the lyrics. 🙂 Big compliments on your article and on your blog!

        Personally, I’m very interested in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and I love listening to artists and music from these countries. Aşgabat must be a great city to visit indeed. I would also love to visit the Garabogazköl. I read about this lagoon in Paustovsky’s novel “Kara-Bugaz”.

        Greetings from the Netherlands!

        1. Ahhh I see!! No worries!
          You might like this link here:
          These are the lyrics to the song, and an English translation. The translation is actually translated from the TURKISH translation so there are probably a couple of errors but overall, it gives you the gist of the song.

          The Turkmen game was explained to me by an Uzbek guy. He wrote it in Uzbek and Russian so I had to use Google Translate unfortunately, but it gave me the gist of what it meant 😀

          Thanks so much!! I need to update it more haha… Especially write more about the Turkic languages and some other songs I like. Always nice to hear from other Turkic music fans.

          Oooh, I’m actually reading about this lake for the first time. How amazing. 35% salinity is incredible. Hopefully you will be able to travel there someday!

          Cheers 😀

          1. Hello Jess,

            Thank you for the link. Great to see the translation of the song. The lyrics are as cute as I imagined them. 🙂

            There is also a translation of another song I really like on the website: It is from this Uyghur song:, Shirinjan by Gülyaru.

            For sure, the Garabogazköl is a very interesting place to visit I think. Hope I’ll make it one day. 😉

            Have an amazing day!


          2. Hi Jamie!

            Haha what’s really funny is, I’m the one who did that English translation 😉 I’m ‘kerakemas’ on LyricsTranslate lol. It’s not perfect, but I think it still gives a good gist of the meaning, especially considering it’s a Uyghur folk song and folk songs often have weird sentences. I love it, it’s a really cute song and glad you like it too! 😀

            Thank you, hope you are having a great weekend!

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