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In Kenya, traditional clothing has always been a part of the culture.
Today, it is a luxury.
So, it seems odd to imagine a Kenyan artist who has lived in the capital, Nairobi, for more than 50 years could not dream of creating something similar.
A Kenyan woman, named Laila Togwena, who is also known as Laila Othala, has made the dress for her daughter, Aida Togwa, a member of the Nairobian royal family.
The dress, made of silk, was created by Laila and her daughter and has already been sold at auction in the Kenyan capital.
“The dress is meant to be worn as a piece of art and is an expression of the love and devotion that I have for my people and my homeland,” Laila told Al Jazeera.
“I am very happy that my daughter is the first child in the Nollywood [Nairobi-based textile industry], but it was also an opportunity to show my people that the dress is not just a piece.”
It is a part, but it is not the whole of what Nollywood does.”‘”
Because, as a mother and as a Kenyan woman who has been living in Nairobs for almost 50 years, I have a lot of respect for the work that is done in Nollywood.
It is a part, but it is not the whole of what Nollywood does.”‘
I don’T want my flesh to look as if I have died’ The silk fabric dress is Laila’s third piece of traditional clothing, and she has made many more before her daughter.
In 1999, Laila married her husband, the Nguni king, and they have three children.
“For me, traditional clothes represent a sense of identity,” she explained.
The designer said that the traditional clothing industry in Kenya is still very young, and that many people are not familiar with how the traditional garments are made. “
So, when I saw my daughter wearing the dress, I wanted to express my pride in her and to show her that I do not want her body to be like that.”
The designer said that the traditional clothing industry in Kenya is still very young, and that many people are not familiar with how the traditional garments are made.
“When I first started working in Ngunisa, I was in the garment industry, and I had a lot to learn.
But now I know how it is done and how to make it work, Lila said.
Laila is one of the few Kenyan artists to be able to work in the traditional garment industry in Nanyang.
“We have a large number of people who are not aware of traditional weaving or weaving practices, or know that we use a special fabric for the garments, but have not been exposed to the whole process. “
There are only a few Nairobans in Kenya who are aware of how traditional garments were made,” she told Aljazeera.
“We have a large number of people who are not aware of traditional weaving or weaving practices, or know that we use a special fabric for the garments, but have not been exposed to the whole process.
So I hope this will be a catalyst for more awareness among the Naboras and the people in Kenya.”
Laila said that she has also wanted to show that she is not only a Kenyan who is passionate about traditional clothing.
“People who have seen my work, will see that I am not only the woman who made this dress for my daughter,” she added.
Laila is the founder of Nollywood, a traditional clothing company that specializes in traditional weaving and sewing.
She told Al jazeera that the industry has changed from being a luxury to a necessity for many in Kenya.
“If I was going to be a designer, I would not want to do traditional garments.
I want to be making traditional garments for my community,” she concluded.