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A girls best friend

Shakir is a legend in Malindi, everyone knows him,
so we were surprised when we asked a tuk-tuk driver
to take us and he had no idea what we meant

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Coastweek -- Its well known that sailors have a girl in every town.

Im a girl, so I have a tailor in every town.

This blog is a shout out to each of the three tailors Ive used since Ive been in Kenya, each of them brilliant.

The first time I came to Kenya and discovered the genius of the local tailors, Jane and I terrorised poor Shakir in Malindi with our demands for new dresses and urgent deadlines just as he was trying to close down for Muslim holidays.

We were there for weeks, poor man.

Shakir is a legend in Malindi, everyone knows him, so we were surprised when we asked a tuk-tuk driver to take us and he had no idea what we meant.

"Shakir"

"I Dont know."

"Yes yes, Shakir! Shakir the tailor.

"You know. Shakir"

This went on for some time.

Then realisation dawned:

"You mean Shakirrrr. Shakirrrr the Tailor!"

Good grief, we had come all the way to Kenya and we were still being told off by our betters for our sloppy accents.

Ennunciate girls!

The wonderful Elizabeth Tailor in Lamu was another star the real deal, she only had to look you up and down once and she knew your every measurement, probably how fat youd be in two years time too.

She ran me up a series of dresses from beautiful kanga and kikoy fabrics.

It wasnt Elizabeth Tailor who let me down, it was the Omo.

After I shoved them in the washing machine and found theyd turned into mini dresses that would be perfect for a stripper or Barbie I learnt the value of pre-washing material.

In Mtwapa, Paul the tailor has been brilliant, making me two long stripey dresses that will be just right for disco dancing.

Im thinking of packing them in the trunk and, as I travel around Africa (Liberia and Ethiopia next on the itinerary), taking them out periodically to look at them, as Kit Moresby does with her ball gowns in dusty small hotel rooms across Sub-Saharan Africa at the outbreak of World War Two in the book The Sheltering Sky, by Paul Bowles.

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Coastweek -- Another day: 6.10 a.m. - besotted with the magic of a Mtwapa dawn.

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