Kenya CAPS

have you read our recent blog posts about our amazing trip in Kenya?

if so, you know we picked up some kitenge and kanga fabric in Mombasa to make caps.

The printing on the kitenge cloth is done by a traditional batik technique. These are known as wax prints and the design is equally as bright and detailed on the obverse side of the fabric. These days wax prints are commercially made and are almost completely roller-printed. Many of the designs have a meaning. A large variety of religious and political designs are found as well as traditional tribal patterns. Kitenges are similar to kangas and kikoy, but are of a thicker cloth and have an edging on only a long side. The cloth is used as material for dresses, blouses and pants. 

kanga, is a colourful fabric similar to kitenge, about 1.5 m by 1 m, often with a border along all four sides (called pindo in Swahili), and a central part (mji) which differs in design from the borders. They are sold in pairs, which can then be cut and hemmed to be used as a set.

each piece of kitenge and kanga fabric is hand-cut by matt and sewn into caps right here in our NELA workshop.

these are very limited as there was only so much fabric we could bring back with us on the plane.