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Going on with the exploration of the rooms of the Lamu old Town Museum, you’ll face with a display of a bride in the traditional garb and the man of the house, ready to partake in an array of delicacies.
The kitchen contains various items that would be found in a typical Swahili kitchen.
To the right there is a Kifumbu which is a strainer made of palm fronds used for squeezing coconut milk out of shredded coconut.
From left to right Jiwe la Kusaga mahindi, a stone for grinding maize; Jiwe la kusaga dawa, a stone for grinding medicine and a Kinu cha tambi, a machine used to make spaghetti.
On the bottom shelf to the right there is a Mchapo, a wooden blender used for making Ghee.
On the right you can see an Uteo, tray in the middle below the picture is a Dele, a brass coffee pot.
The size is around 1m and half by 1m often with a border aong all four sides, called Pindo in Swahili, and a central part called in swahili Mji which is different in design from the borders.
Kangas are usually bought and worn as a pair called Doti.
On the longest side of the border there is usually a message in Swahili language, often in form of riddles, sayings or proverbs.
For example: “Akiba haiozi” which means “Is always good to save or invest in the future“.
Don’t miss the 2 models of boat displaying right in front of the doors leading to the balcony.
The one with a square sail is a Mtepe, an unique boat built in swahili culture of East Africa in Lamu Archipelago.
Thank you for reading, hope you ejoyed my tour of the museum, and I wish to have spread enough curiosity to push you to come to visit my beautiful island!
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Shaimaa Mohamed Khalid, a 23 year old Lamu girl. Proud nurse and free time blogger