Some people wonder what the letter K is doing in knife and I say to them, ‘ no more than H is doing in New Delhi.
There are things that be where they ought not to be, but not so for Lesos.
Lesos/ kangas trace their way back to Portuguese traders who sold the fabrics to Africans along the East African coastline.
Lesos find their way into so many things and places from childbirth, to playing napkin, to carrying wares e.g you go to visit a friend’s farm and since you got nowhere to put them, you wrap them in a leso. Besides that a leso often comes in handy in the nick of time, It’s been said of pregnant women going to the river and delivering their babies and coming back wrapping their bundles of joy in a leso. One reason not to wonder what your leso is doing in your handbag.
Besides carrying/ wrapping things lesos are great message transporters. You know like when you fight with that son of Jeroboam and sing like a broken record, ‘ona ndī mūkūrū nīngūhika kungi,’ you can just wrap yourself in one kanga saying, ‘Nalia na mwewe, kumbe hasidi ni wewe,’ otherwise you can take him on a road drive since lorries too are great messengers, ‘ ukinidelete mwenzako atanidownload.’ There you go message delivered. Take a message to Leso from Lorry but don’t tell her where I am; Message yenyewe, ‘ compe ni compe roho Safi.’
What I don’t know though is what I’m doing behind this dwarf cypress. Could it be that I’m passing a message too. 🤔

Published by Nyar Kaheti

Born and raised on the picturesque slopes of Mt Kenya, Nyar Kaheti is your girl next door vibe kind of girl. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and listening to country music among other things.

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