5 Reasons why you should have Kitenge in your wardrobe

Thinking of changing your wardrobe? Then try Kitenge since its outstanding features that make it outstanding. Here are reasons why you need Kitenge.

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  1. Fashion

Kitenge has extra ordinary characteristics that make it an elegant fabric thus having several stuffs in your wardrobe made of Kitenge fabric transfers the elegance to your fashion. This creates uniqueness in fashion.

  1. Culture

Kitenge reflects African culture and traditions. Thus it presents our heritage that is passed from one generation to another without getting out of fashion.

  1. Health effective

Kitenge is made off 100% cotton thus and because of its hyper allergic feature of cotton makes it ideal for skins prone to allergies. The fabric is also breathable and transmits moisture away from skin thus removing excess water from the skin. Kitenge is also has resistance to dust and durable thus good for decor.

  1. Does not fade

Kitenge are made of natural fiber thus making it breathable band good in temperature regulation. When dried Kitenge becomes softer this makes it not to fade

  1. Wide length

Originally Kitenge are made of 6yards that is 5.4 meters length. The wider length provides enough material while designing a cloth. You are guaranteed of a uniform design or several designs when mixed with other colors.



Steps to making Kitenge fabric shoe at home

Making your own shoe could be a good idea. This helps you to evade expenditure thus you are able to have shoes of your choice at a simple cost. With traditional techniques of shoe making you don’t need to have expensive material, nice set up box or complex tools. All you need is a few materials from art store and a Kitenge fabric. Here are steps on how to make your own Kitenge fabric shoe at home.

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                                        Fig1.kitenge fabric lased shoe

Generate a concept

t Think about the type of shoe you want to make and sketch it somewhere.

  1. Making a last

This is a hard usually wooden, object used to build shoes. it usually looks like feet with space in front to accommodate the toes. This provides a hard surface for you to draw to draw your patterns. You can either buy or do a search on internet before you make one for your feet.

  1. Cast your foot

You need an alginate to make your foot, a casting material and box to hold on tour mold .A mold is a negative your foot. To makes mold, mix alginate and water and stir gradually using your hands until its gloopy.  Pour the mix into the box and put your feet in the box depending on design of your shoe. Make sure the mix covers your leg to ankle then wait for 20 minutes. Before you remove from the alignment When the material is dry take part apart your box so that you can have big cube of alignment.

  1. Making foot cast into last

Using your shoe design crease up and add it on your cast to round off as per your design. Make sure your last is of your best shape because it determines the shape of your shoe

  1. Cover your last in masking tape and draw your pattern

Wrap the last with two layers of masking tape then draw the pattern for the design on the tape and cut the pattern along the line you drew,. The sketch shoe include the following .Counters-the back of the, shoe and Toe-the front part,

  1. Flatten tour patterns

Carefully remove your patterns and flatten the patterns to 2d patterns from the bottom of the last.

  1. Trace & Cut Your Patterns

.Trace your pattern on paper and add ¼ inch seam allowance on all patterns. Always remember to draw a pattern for shoe tongue whose shape is determined by your design.

  1. Cut your fabric

Arrange your patterns on your fabric, using either tapes or pins, stick the pattern onto fabric.Using

a pencil outline the pattern on your fabric and remember to mark the seam allowance before you cut pieces out Sew all the patterns together

  1. Attaching the Outer Fabric to the Inner Fabric

Sew your pieces together until you have the two separate layers: the outside pattern and the inside pattern. Sew your inside to the outside n pattern while living ¼ inch seam allowances. Then flip your pattern back over

  1. Shoe Tongue

To make the shoe tongue make two shoe tongues piece, the outer line and line then up with wrong side facing outward .saw the top of  the left seam allowance .Sew some extra stitches around the bottom of your tongue sides to add some reinforcement.

  1. Adding Eyelets

Eyelets are the holes where your laces will be threaded. Depending on what your design, you can either make holes in the fabric itself, or you can add metal eyelets. You can buy eyelets which it accompanied by simple tools that enable you to make them better.
To add eyelets, mark the places on your fabric where you want to add shoe lace holes and, according to the instructions included on whatever tool you’re using, punch holes or cut holes, place your eyelet pieces in, and punch them together.

  1. Add Shoe Laces

Put your last inside your upper to fill its shape in. pick a plain colour laces to enhance your Kitenge fabric and then tie your shoe. Don’t tie it so tight that your pattern distorts.

  1. Soles

There are three types of sole the insole, midsole and outsole. The insole is the part that is in contact with your foot and it my must be slightly soft .the midsole provides the arch support while the outsole make contact with the ground .it is usually made of sturdy leather or rubber. To make this trace you’re using ¼ inch and 1/8 inch cork. Trace your last on the piece of cork leave at least ½ to avoid cutting it too small. You can still buy a sole from a shoe repair shop. Soak your cork/leather sole in water for 24 hours then tie the last tightly to the shape of your shoe.
Hold your insole to the bottom of your last. Using your utility knife, carefully shape the insole to fit your last.

  1. Sew Your Upper to Your Sole

Cut out another sole. Then cut out a ring out of the sole .a fix this ring to the bottom of your insole using super glue .then sew up insole and last to the upper. To achieve this Hold the fabric tightly against the ring of sole you glued on in the previous step.

Now, using as thick a string as you can find, stitch through the fabric, through the ring of sole, and back, continuing around the entire shoe, pulling fabric tight as you go along. You can always pierce the sole diagonally if you have trouble to manoeuvre the sole especially the heel.

  1. Cut off Excess Fabric

Once you’ve completely sewn around the shoe sole you should have some excess fabric. Your shoe is coming together!

  1. Glue in the Extra Material for Your Sole

Glue the remains of the sole together and then put the outer ring together with the insole, use your utility knife to trim off excess sole.

  1. Finish the Sole

To finish up the sole add a thin layer of Kitenge fabric or leather to cover up the work you did to fix the sole

  1. Appreciate Your Shoe and Make the Other One

Traditional uses of kitenge fabric

Kitenge  was used used on occasions and in many ways either symbolically or for practical reasons.It was also used  in different settings to convey messages. here are some  traditional uses of kitenge.

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  • Slings to hold children 0on the back  of mothers
  • Also used for  to hold children at the front so as to hide them while breastfeeding.
  • When tied together kitenge fabric is used as a  decorative  piece e for the dinning table
  • Kitenge fabric is also uses as a beach  where it is wrapped around the waist  or the body to modify the look or shield from cold air
  • Sometimes the kitenge  fabric is can be framed  and  hanged on the walls to form  batik  or artworks.
  • In Malawi the kitenge also known as chitenge is customary worn by women during the funerals  for symbolic and practical reasons.
  • As a gift to your girls especially when they visit their granny.


how to arrange upholstery at your home to enhance African nature

How to arrange upholstery at your home to enhance African nature

entrance  of your house

this is applicable to those living in a apartments  where pets are not allowed . if you wish to have a pet you can make one using kitenge fabric. make   two life-size pet such as dogs of your choice and place them at the entrance.this replaces  flowers and plants that is common in many homes thus making your home the talk of the estate.

living room

to enhance the look of your living room  you need to upgrade  your old sofas using  kitenge fabric as your new  cushion cover  this is because kitenge  gives your cushion  a visual trendy and classy look and it is easy to launder .you can also use the same fabric to make a palm size bag for TV remote.

dinning room

use kitenge fabric strips to  decorate  your dinning table .sometimes the fabric can be used as napkins. to enhance the look kitenge can also be used to cover the windows.


choosing kitenge fabric  to decorate your bathroom gives it an African  look.use the fabric to decorate the b border of your  bathes and hang towels

master bedroom

your thinking of enhancing your head board with fabric , kitenge fabric gives your room  a unique, trendy and lively look for life.always keep the rest of  the bedroom  amend furniture simple to enhance the appearance of  the fabric or headboard .


while cooking women do wear kitenge leso in kitchen   this proves that kitenge can make a good apron. thus kitenge fabric enhance the look of your kitchen and gives one an African woman look.   the fabric can also be used to make  a bag that will be used for carrying vegetables.





How to enhance the Muslim look with kitenge fabric

Gone are years when buying a hijab and buyer cloak or an over garmet, Buibiu was limited to certain colors and design  .they were boring and had same design. Colors are changing from  bold colors to modern African  look thus making them stylish.With kitenge fabric different trends are coming up and there is a lot to choose from.here are choices ton enhance your look.


Clanguroe or scarfs

this stands out with  its unique design when incorporated with  a a shirt.it is fit for both workplace or casual day out

High-low coat or shirt

it is comfortable to compliment your maxi skirt with kitenge high-low coat this enables one to stand out  especially because of the detailed designed.the coat can also be used to enhance your look in maxi dress or a black Buibui.

kitenge open cut

Almost looking like  a trench dress the design stand out on itself . You can wear it on an occasion  or a weekend out .sometimes the open cut can be plain color enhances with kitenge at the collar.

collar attraction

Making your kitenge dress with enhanced  collar attraction  gives you chance  accessories  your dress thus wear it with  a pear of heels to look elegant.



Kitenge upholstery for your house

Choosing kitenge  for upholstery complements your room making  two practically inseparable. This is because the fabrics that is rich in color  and  also replete with cultural patterns.here are some of the decors that can be made from  kitenge.



Windows without curtains and other such covering look bare and unappealing and some curtains help to add some character and value to this space.thus using kitenge fabric enhances the African look to your house


One interesting fabric to choose for your bedding is the kitenge which works very well in African and other contemporary themes.


Cushions and apart from their aesthetic value, they are also comfortable and offer a soft landing on your couch or bed. The cushion cover brings out the beauty of this accessory in color and pattern and when this is made of kitenge fabric, the possibilities are endless.

walls of your house

Everyone need a wall art and wall hangings that match your decor theme for balance and harmony. Which is why you should go for kitenge fabric to enhance  an African them

While this fabric may be used in some of the upholstery and drapery in the home, the patterns can also be copied onto other surfaces such as murals, pots and other accessories .

How to tie you baby using Kitenge fabric

Kitenge for the long time have been use by African mothers to tie children on the back. This easy your work and you are able to malt ask .in Kenya this is commonly among house helps or nannies who are given work to do as they babysit. With Kitenge fabric you have no reason to finish you work on time as you can work with you the baby on your back. You thought of trying these here are the steps.

fig 1. how to tie you baby on the back using kitenge fabric
fig 1.mother in process of tying the baby on  her back. 
  1. Find a rectangular piece of fabric. Always use soft but sturdy cotton that is one metre wide
  2. Put the cloth at your waistline and kneel forward with your torso parallel to the ground.
  3. Lean forward and grab the end of the fabric, have someone assist you by holding the baby and put it on the back facing down.
  4. Slide the cloth from your waistline upwards towards the baby shoulder while the person assists in adjusting the bottom of the fabric till the underneath covers the baby’s boom; lower the baby as you lean forward. Put the fabric up to the shoulder for the younger ones but the older can go uncovered.
  5. Take the right side of the cloth, put in the other over right shoulder as the left side goes under your armpit.
  6. Tie twice both ends together in front between your breasts. As from this pint the baby sits on the top of the boom with the legs wrapped round your waist. Caution; the baby might fall if not well tied.
  7. The steps can be varied if you want to carry the baby towards the front. You only need to lean forward raise your left arm and slide the baby towards the front and then move the knot towards your shoulder.