The traditional East African kikoy is the most versatile of scarfs.
Originally from Kenya. Made from fairly and sustainably produced local cotton.
Kikoy in Swahili means as much as a “piece of fabric with fringes”. For centuries, the large, colourful cotton cloth (in North Africa it’s called Fouta) has been worn by African women and men as a sarong or wrap skirt. But there is much more to it:
A kikoy is also a wrap dress, scarf, stole, beach or sauna towel, picnic or table cloth, yoga mat, sofa throw, ...
Whilst its popularity is increasing, many imitations are produced that have nothing to do with East Africa. This kikoy is still made traditionally in Kenya from local cotton which is free of toxic dyes, and is skin-friendly and absorbent. The fringes have been carefully twisted by hand.
Doubled delight: You wear a fairly produced product and support a local aid initiative.
For each kikoy sold, Africulture provides a warm meal to a schoolchild in the Kibagare slums in Nairobi. Africulture sponsors the Kibagare Academy, a school project started by Pastor Amos in 2008.
100 x 170cm (39.4" x 66.9"). 100% cotton. Machine washable.