Summer is here, colours are in, and boho chic is back. Never has there been a better time to own a kikoy. Kikoys are traditional handwoven garments from East Africa, with a splash of colour and style added in to every design. Starting with the most traditional uses and moving into funky new trends, here are ten completley different ways to use a kikoy.
1. The Swimsuit Wrap
Worn like a sarong, kikoys look fabulous draped around the waist or tied above the bust. It's the perfect look for a day at the beach or for a casual summer night out.
2. The Towel
Unlike other types of beach wraps, this African version of a sarong is made of a thick fabric that effectively absorbs water to really dry you off after a swim in the sea.
3. The Scarf
With an array of vibrant colours to choose from, why not use a kikoy to accessorize an otherwise plain outfit?
4. The Baby-Carrier
Sling your little one into a stylish and secure kikoy pouch. It's cool, it's comfortable, and all the celebrities are doing it.
5. The Picnic Blanket
Enjoy some wine and cheese on a beautiful, easy-to-wash Kikoy the next time you go for an outing in the park.
6. The Curtain
When enjoying the warmth of the sun but it is just too bright to focus, try pinning a Kikoy to an open doorway to provide some shade.
7. The Tablecloth
Patio furniture looking a little rusty? Dining table all scratched up? Why not throw a Kikoy over the table top and add a little extra culture to your culinary craftsmanship.
8. The Hammock
For a comfortable catnap, tie the ends of a large Tonkei Kikoy to a tree and swing yourself to sleep. It's a great alternative to carrying your mattress around with you!
9. The Pillow
Need a snooze but have nowhere to rest your head? Bunch up a Laylani Soft Kikoy and enjoy a well-deserved break.
10. The Urban Turban
When the sun is too hot or you're simply feeling fashionably adventurous, you can wrap a fabulously fun Kikoy around the head and march to the beat of your own drum.
It is clear that there are no limits to the way a kikoy can be worn. And best of all one can be any age, size, or gender and still make it work. Practical and funky, a kikoy is the perfect accessory for this summer's wardrobe.
Aspiga was set up in 2005 to supply the best of hand made beachware from local manufacturers in Kenya. Products include hand made sandals and belts, beachwear (kikoy, sarong, dress), swimwear and bags. All items are of the highest quality. Visit teh Aspiga website http://www.aspiga.com/women/kikoy-collection/all/