kikoi artisan waving cloth


Kikoi is a cotton fabric which is very common in the African countries bordering the Indian Ocean, in particular in Tanzania. Traditionally, the fabric comes as a one meter wide and one meter and sixty long cloth, with colored stripes along the edges and fringes on the short sides. People normally use it wrapped around the body, like a sarong


We fell in love with this fabric for many reasons: for its rough texture and natural look, the bizarre fringes, and the unpredictable result, unique by definition.

Producing kikoi requires time and patience: at least two people and six overall days of work for each item. It is a living and complicated fabric that we love because it gives a true and profound idea of the African textile culture. By wearing kikoi, you wear history and culture, together with the time and love it required to be made.