Tanzania’s vibrant kitenge

Photo courtesy: Jfoth (talk I contribs) Wikimedia Commons

A friend tweeted, “What’s kitenge?” (And this from a person who loves to design and play with fabrics). Oh, what she’s missing out on.

I loved the bright colours of the unmistakably East African fabric that women wrapped around their bodies with a matching piece worn like a turban. These vibrant colours brought sleepy Dar es Salaam to life as women sashayed the latest Tano slogan on their ample backsides and men ogled.

Kitenge was made to last because only last year, I reluctantly threw away my last piece, decades after buying it.

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