Captain’s Log- 8 June 2014- Market Day

A Kikwembe shop full of colorful Africa fabrics.

A kikwembe shop full of colorful Africa fabrics.

Had a nice day at the Market or “Soko” talking to people and helping friends find things. Kent wanted to get some kikwembe cloth for his wife and daughters. He is color blind and wanted specific colors for his wife, so thought Cher could help. There are some amazing prints that mix colors and patterns you wouldn’t believe. What you might at first think is just an interesting pattern is actually a picture of a woman spraying perfume on. Kent could see the hidden pictures before we could. There are obvious patterns of course. Anything from chickens, coffee beans or barbed wire, to pictures of political leaders, Jesus or AK 47’s. When you have a hundred ladies at church, in all these different colous it is quite a spectacular.

Some lady passengers arriving in Tchabi wearing Kikwembe fabric cloth.

Some lady passengers arriving in Tchabi for a celebration, wearing Congo cloth.

I went off to get vegetables and meat. I had a great talk with the fish guys. They told me that there was a fish that burnt you when you touched it. I know this fish from the Zambezi. It is a catfish that has some very high voltage as a defense.   I have a friend who caught one once and trying to take it off his line got zapped and fell out of the boat into the croc infested water. He had to be helped back in the boat.

The fish section of the market.  Big tilapia, Nile perch, and many other fish form Lake Albert.

The fish section of the market.  Big tilapia, Nile perch, and cat fish form Lake Albert.

The market is always a great cultural experience and I love it for that.

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3 Responses to Captain’s Log- 8 June 2014- Market Day

  1. Norm and Terri James says:

    Jon & Cher — we leave for Cameroon in two days– your pics make me homesick for all the color!!! Terri James

  2. lucadd says:

    Ah, what memories. I never had anything made from Congo cloth. Always meant to do that.

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