Saturday Snapshots #29

by Jeanne on March 14, 2009

in Photography, Saturday Snapshots, Travel - South Africa


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.

This is part of a series of non-food photographs that will be published every Saturday on CookSister. Click here for a full list of photographs previously featured.  If you like this or any other photo featured in Saturday Snapshots, why not buy it as a greeting card or print in my RedBubble store?

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Kit March 14, 2009 at 1:04 pm

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!


elra March 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm

I just did Jeanne! I hope you’ll win.
The color of Kikois are amazing, they do like rainbow.


NAOmni March 14, 2009 at 9:22 pm

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.


Jan March 15, 2009 at 7:31 am

Great picture and of course I’ve nominated you!


nina March 15, 2009 at 7:21 pm

I nominated yesterday!! Good luck!!!
I love the colors in that pic!!!!


meeta March 16, 2009 at 7:48 am

love these colors now i am off to vote! hugs!


myfrenchkitchen March 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm

A lovley colourful pic, perfect for MArch!!


barbara March 19, 2009 at 11:11 am

The colours are gorgeous aren’t they. I have two french army scarves (1 light green, 1 dark green) which I use in a similar way.


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