For years, shukas has been a part of the ancient tradition of the Maasai people.
Traditional Maasai blankets are made from soft cotton (shuka) or wool. It’s known to be durable, strong, and thick — protecting the Maasai from the harsh weather and terrain of the savannah.
While red is the most common color, the Maasai also use blue, striped, and checkered cloth to wrap around their bodies.
A shuka (or two) has found its way onto my Souvenir List, as it has a number of possible uses after I return home. Besides using it as a blanket, it can serve as a tablecloth, a scarf or a throw pillowcase.