Khanga, also known as leso, is a rectangular piece of cotton fabric in bright colors and bold designs used throughout Africa. It originated on the east African coast in the mid-1800s, and was brought to Kenya from India in 1848. Originally made by sewing six Portuguese handkerchiefs together, it is now bought in pairs of two large cloths. This multiuse fabric is worn by women as a skirt and top set, as well as used as a headdress, ground cover, and baby transport among other things. A unique aspect of this cloth is that it has a message (riddle, proverb), usually written in Swahili, at the bottom of the inner section.
Isukuti (“It is good”) is a music and dance performed by the Luhya people of western Kenya at weddings, harvests, funerals, and other special occasions. Three drums are used—isukuti (father), shididi (mother), and mutiti (children) —which are made out of lizard skin, goatskin, or sheepskin. Along with the drums, there is also a large horn and cymbals or a gong.