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Thread: Fabric Shops in Kenya

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    Fabric Shops in Kenya

    My husband and my two children at home and I went to Kenya recently. He was teaching a class, so I had some free time.

    My daughter and I walked around one day and I took some pictures of a few small shops where they make clothing. There was a larger fabric store in a mall, but this appears to be how most clothing is made. You walk into the shop and choose the fabric, then they measure you and they make it from the fabric choices they have.

    I asked one lady if I could take a picture of her lady sewing, but she told me I could only take the machine. The shops we went into only had people using treadle machines. One shop had 3 people using "Butterfly" machines--all treadles. The one I got a picture of had a Singer treadle. Interesting.

    Anyway, this is for your educational pleasure!
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    Very interesting. I wonder why she didn't want her picture made?

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    Thanks for sharing these photo's . Very interesting fabrics, and method of selling clothing.

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    Very interesting and some very good dress samples. The dark skirt and blouse are lovely as well as the mauve border print with the little jacket.

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    What some beautiful work.

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    I have no idea why should said I couldn't take the lady working. ?? I didn't ask the shop owner "why not"? I just said "thank you" for allowing to take the machine.

    I was amazed how well they could sew seemingly without patterns. Now many of their things seem to be somewhat simple styles, but still....

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    Thank you for sharing this is so interesting, Beautiful clothes.

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    Very interesting....thanks for sharing!!!

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    Thank you for sharing
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    When we were in Zimbabwe, the power was off a lot more than it was on, so I was very glad they had a treadle machine for me to sew on--my "mission work" while there was making operating gowns for the doctors to use in surgery. Perhaps that is partly why most machines are treadle in Kenya (I know nothing about the country in particular, so am just guessing.)
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    Rachel

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