Recently there has been a rise in demand for East African’s pattern fabric Kitenge. The name Kitenge was derived from the Swahili word Kitengele, the Kitenge, also known as Chitenge. Initially, women used the Kitenge as a wrap and a baby carrier. But as time went by, the fabric usually printed in multiple colors and patterns became a favorite for people attending ceremonies such as weddings. The Kitenge holds some significance in the different cultures in Eastern African.

Kenyans wear the Kitenge as an appreciation of culture and creativity. As such, you are more likely to see such dresses during events such as Koroga, Blankets and Wine, among others. Fashion designers have tapped into the growing demand for the Kitenge by creating unique and beautiful pieces. Today, you can find just about anything; traditional top and down or the modern Kitenge fused with other fabrics (laces, denim, silk).

See below for trending Kitenge styles


  1. Hi! I love that you are highlighting and showing appreciation for the East African fabrics. However, I must point out that the pictures used to show examples of Kitenge are misleading as you have used an array of West African fabrics such as the Kente, Dashiki and Ankara. Kitenge is a general name given to Afrocentric printed fabrics. There are fabrics that are common in the East African region such as the Kanga, Kikoy, Kaniki, and even the Maasai Shuka. These fabrics are steeped in a rich history that would have made a better and informative article for your readers.


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