I can’t invite you to an event and not give you hints on what to wear. There is the Buibui and Kanzu, and then there is Lesos. You see, I grew up within that sphere filled with Swahili traditions, culture and heritage. Each lady was supposed to own at least a Gora. It was totally disrespectful for a lady to show any body parts that begin at the neck to her ankle.
Lesos were perceived as not only a measure of dignity and morality but also status. The retailer signified your status quo. Women were keen to read out their names which were written at the seam line after the Msemo. The msemo acted as a mode of communication; it was used as a way of apologizing, wooing a woman, and as decoration in weddings accompanied by henna and Piko body tattoos. The most adored and renowned designers back in the days and are still worshiped by most Swahili women include, Mali ya Abdulla, Mali ya Francis and Tanzania Mama.
Over the years, Lesos have evolved. Apart from being confused and referred to Khanga– an older version of them, to becoming Vitenge– used as material by designers . I don’t blame nobody though, check out these beautiful Leso designs. You are allowed to sue me if you don’t get a design for the Pwani International Fashion Week and Awards !
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