This photo was taken in the 1970s. Traditional dress is now very rare, and largely confined to the older generations.
Credit: photo copyright © Cynthia Salvadori (PO Box 45273 Nairobi, Kenya), and reproduced by kind permission. Originally published in the excellent "Peoples and Cultures of Kenya" by Andrew Fedders and Cynthia Salvadori (Transafrica, 1979; reprinted by Prestige Book-Sellers & Stationers, fax 00254 2 246 796). Cynthia's other books include Through Open Doors: A View of Asian Cultures in Kenya (Kenway Publications); the boxed three-volume We Came in Dhows, Stories of the Indian Pioneers in Kenya (Paperchase, Nairobi 1997); and Two Indian Travellers, East Africa 1902-1905, published by Friends of Fort Jesus, Mombasa 1998. She is also the translator and editor of Paul Tablino's Gabra, camel nomads of Northern Kenya (Paulines Publications, Nairobi 1999).