Great shots, guys! The Masai were especially
colorful. Did you learn anythihng about the brightly colored cloth
they wore? That amazing red and bright blue? Do they weave and
dye the cloth themselves? Or do they buy it? If they make it themselves,
I wonder what they use for dye?
You look like you're having a great time!
--Vicki W. (Austin, TX, USA); Mar 4, 2005
Hi Vicki! We don't have all the answers
for you, but at least we can help a bit. Red means power for the
Maasai (at least that's a loose translation), so that explains
its prevalence. The men's wraps are called kikoi and women's are
called kanga. The red dyes can be made from certain trees (the
sausage tree, for example). Some Maasai purchase (or trade for)
their cloth while others still make it themselves.