Kitenge Fabrics

Kitenge or chitenge is an East African fabric similar to sarong, often worn by women and wrapped around the chest or waist, over the head as a headscarf, or as a baby sling.

Kitenges are similar to kangas and kikoy, but are of a thicker cloth and have an edging on only a long side. Kenya, Uganda,Tanzania, and Sudan are some of the African countries where kitenge is worn.] In Malawi, Namibia and Zambia, kitenge is known as Chitenge. They are sometimes worn by men around the waist in hot weather. In some countries like Malawi, Chitenges are never worn by men.


Kitenge fabric can be stitched into any style of clothing. It can be used in and around the home as tablecloth, curtains, pillow cases, cushion cover and much more.