Imoni Lomosea comes to the homestead of Nakiru and stays for several hours mending her abwo skin with the help of Nakiru and Nakiru's two daughters.
Rights ownerSamuel Frederick Derbyshire
ParticipantsImoni Ngimojeng Lomosia, Margaret Nakiru Lopwenya , Amug Loura
Techniques of productionSewn
Materials altEleu a akinei
Social group settingCraftspeople working together
TemporalityThe abwo was once worn ubiquitously by all married women across the Turkana region. Over the last few decades it has become increasingly less common. Instead, married women tend to wear synthetic fibre 'shuka' wraps (much like many men wear). Nevertheless, the abwo continues to be worn by some in the context of marriage ceremonies, where it continues to be a strong signal of a woman's marital status (and by extension her status in the broader community). In recent months (since May 2020) a prominent emuron (diviner/seer) began to recommend that women return to wearing abwo skins in order that the blessing of rain may return/remain in Turkana, and that they should do so especially when milking livestock. In response, many women have begun mending old skins and wearing them again.
Date of creation2020-06-13