Thursday, August 30, 2007
Men dressed in Kenyan national dress
This is a picture of the first ever Kenyan national dress when Kenya's Vice President Moody Awori together with other ministers, took the catwalk to promote Kenya's new image at the Kenya National Theater in 2004.
The search for a national dress began early this year, a few months after three Kenyan MPs were barred from entering parliament for wearing brightly-coloured Nigerian robes called Agbadas.
Rules dating back to the colonial era stated that male MPs must wear suits and ties in the chamber.
"This argument that the only dress that can be decent is European dress is to me awfully colonial. And I am not sure that even Europeans would today dare advance such an argument," MP Koigi wa Wamwere said at the time.
Following this dispute, the government joined with the consumer goods company, Unilever Kenya, to set up a "National Dress Design Team".
The team then launched a competition among Kenyan designers to come up with a design for a national dress and asked the public to choose their favourite.
The winning designs were displayed on Kenyan TV. Read more