Society & Success

Kanga chic: Wrapping comfort and style together

African Shirt Company collection. The shirts are made from East Africa’s traditional rich textile-the kanga. Photos/Courtesy
African Shirt Company collection. The shirts are made from East Africa’s traditional rich textile-the kanga. Photos/Courtesy 

Kiteghe Village is about 40 kilometres from Mombasa and near Mt Kasigau. It is where The African Shirt Company workshop is located.

Using manual sewing machines, two local women produce colourful kanga shirts that have found their way into wardrobes in the UK and Ireland.

“We have only just sent our first batch to London and are working on the next order which will be available online in Kenya and hopefully in retail outlets countrywide in future,” says Ms Lindi Campbell Clause, the founder of the company.

It is a longtime dream for the two friends, Ms Clause and Joan Hughes —the other founder. The two friends who both studied design at university share a passion for conservation and fashion.

Ms Clause grew up in Kenya and went to study in Dublin. She re