Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Masai Shuka

The Shuka is an African piece of clothing. It is the main garment worn by the Masai, initially made out of animal skins but today cotton is the main material. 

It is a dress-like cloth, traditionally worn wrapped around the body, and over each shoulder. It isn’t specially patterned to fit like this, but is simply a very large square cloth. They are almost always red, and usually have a plaid or striped pattern on them. The patterns are blue, black and purple.

Part of a set of stamps issued 2011 about grasshoppers of Tanzania. According to the text on the stamp this is mole cricket. But it just doesn’t look like it. 


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