Hand Weaving - Hand Loom
To create our beautiful hand woven Kikoi Blankets, the weavers begin with locally sourced, Tanzanian cotton yarn. This cotton yarn is hand dyed in small patches to ensure that colors are as consistent and of as a high a quality as possible. A natural cotton warp is set on the hand loom, which is a large floor based loom that uses that weavers own strength and physicality to create the weave. The colored yarn is then passed through the warp line by line, creating the beautiful designs and abrash that you see in our blankets. Traditionally kikoi was done in a smaller size and worn as a piece of clothing throughout Eastern Africa. We have adapted this and created our blankets in a stunning 6x8 ft size perfect for your home.
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous state consisting of an archipelago situated in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Tanzania. Long romanticized as a center of the spice trade, Zanzibar is home to a rich mix of both Swahili and Islamic traditions. It is an awe-inspiring place with long beaches, rich history and stunning architecture, however, it is still one of the poorest regions in the world with only an estimated 11% of it's rural population having access to electricity (according to the African Development Bank).