Things People Wear in Kenya

Chaumont-Zaerpour

$55.00

Kodoji Press, 2019. Softcover, 344pp., 13.5 x 9.75 inches 

New

Photographic study of fashion as lived, worn, produced, and consumed in Kenya. Kenyan urbanites can choose from three principal clothing sources: local fashion labels, which are expensive and for most unaffordable as the raw materials are imported; mass-produced low-quality yet still comparatively dear garments from countries further east; or the mitumba trade, second-hand clothing which originates in Western clothing donation. This business, which has emerged over the past three decades, works when used clothes are exported from Europe and sold, at low cost and in high volumes, to African buyers, ending up distributed through market stalls. The photographers consider these distinct trades on their travels between Nairobi, Mombasa, Lake Naivasha and the World Heritage Site of Lamu.