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Several kiondos with an okapo in the background
Old woman of Kenya weaving a kiondo

A kiondoo is a handwoven handbag made from sisal with leather trimmings. It is indigenous to the Taita, Kikuyu and Kamba tribes of Kenya. These Kenyan weavers begin by stripping the Sisal plant's outer layers, leaving the plant still able to grow. The weaver uses threads from the pale colored layers, that have dried out for a day, to make a bag. A design pattern is finalized. The weaver then boils the threads to be used with water and dye sets the bag's colors. Now the weaving begins. Two single threads are twined to form one strong thread. Many such threads are woven. It is from these threads that a sisal bag is made. It takes between two and three weeks to complete a bag. Most weavers have to look after their households; therefore, weaving is done whenever they have the time. Sometimes small beads and shells are woven into the kiondoo

Kiondoos are exported to western countries where they have been and continue to be quite popular.[citation needed]

The Swahili word for a kiondoo is 'chondo,' plural 'vyondo'.


External links[edit]

  1. ^ Kulture (1 December 2016). "Kiondoo". Archived from the original on 12 May 2017.