Fashion: The Inventive Africans

She was allergic to the sun, terrified of snakes and never met an elephant she couldn't do without, but Jenny Bell Bechtel came home from her first safari with big game under her belt and a blazing career in the bag.

She didn't even have to go deep into the bush around Nairobi to trap her trophies but found them already wrapped, breast-high, around the ladies in the mud huts. To them, the kikoi was only a brightly colored piece of cloth, good enough to wear to market, but nothing a native would get...

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