The word kikoi (or Kikoy) derives from Swahili and means ‘wrap’ or ‘something to wrap around you’. The name itself denotes the versatility of this piece of apparel. Used as a sarong, skirt, baby sling, towel, scarf, shawl, head wrap, dress, and so much more. A useful item that once you own you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!
The kikoi originated on the African east coast, particularly Kenya and Tanzania, but is now ubiquitous across the continent. Traditionally the Kikoi was made from hand woven cotton, in brightly striped colours.
The Ruti Kikois are woven on our antique shuttle looms, made from pure cotton grown in Southern. Being woven on a shuttle loom means our kikois feature a true selvedge, the unique non fraying edge particular only to looms that use a shuttle.
This lightweight item can easily be slung over your shoulder for a day at the beach (or around your waist post swim), laid on the grass for a summer picnic, flung over the couch for a vibrant pop of colour, wrapped around your neck to stave off the chill or used to create the perfect updo. Honestly, the possibilities are endless!