African Sarongs from Kikoy4Kenya

Kikoys Help Educate Kenyan Children

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Posted: Feb 22 | No Comments |

Kikoy 4 Kenya KikoyKikoy4Kenya is bringing Africa's versatile fabrics to the rest of the world. A kikoy is the African term for a woven cloth that functions as a sarong, summer dress, head wrap, scarf, tablecloth, and so much more!

The 65 x 42 inch clothes were apparently worn as sarongs by African traders some 400 years ago. No doubt they didn't have the choice of colors offered by Kikoy4Kenya though!

Kikoy4Kenya is the brainchild of Canadian college kids, who hoped to introduce the kikoy to North America and raise funds to support the poor African country it hails from. The label donates one tenth of its profits to the Koinonia Education Center in Nairobi.

"We believe that education is the first step in eliminating poverty, and the education of one child is a step toward the education of the community," explained Vikas Gehlot, Kikoy4Kenya's founder and chief executive officer. "It costs $750 for one student to attend a full year of classes. Children of the Kibagare slum are given the opportunity to receive a world-class education from an institution that rivals Kenyan private schools in academics, sports and music."

The Kikoy4Kenya kikoys are available from the company's website for $37.50. The label hopes to expand its operations soon by adding beach and loungewear to its range. It won't forget its roots though. These new products will also be made in Kenya to help improve the economic status of needy African communities.

[Source: Accessories Magazine]

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