Saturday Snapshots #29


Rainbow kikois – Greenmarket Square, Cape Town 

A kikoi (from a Swahili word meaning wrapper) is a 100% woven cotton wrap that originated along the East coast of Africa in Kenya and Tanzania.  It it thought that these wraps were influenced by the flowing robes worn by Eastern traders who called at the African ports, and today they are worn up and down to coast of Africa and by expats and travellers around the world.  The colours are often very bright and the cotton ranges from stiff (which needs repeated washing to break it in), or deliciously soft.  They can be worn simply as a unisex wrap around the waist or chest, but are also great as a scarf, a shawl, a headscarf, a tablecloth, a throw or a towel.  I have two that travel everywhere with me – a little piece of Africa to keep in my bag.

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  1. says

    Great colours! I need a new kikoi – our have been worn to shreds by use as everything for the children, including sunshades in the car windows. Except I want all those colours in one – they look so delicious!

  2. says

    When I spent time in Kenya I became very attached to some of the things there and brought them home with me…one of them was my use of kangas, which are very similar to the kikoi. I use them as my bath towels.