The Kikoy is a traditional combed cotton fabric that originates in the East African Coast. Once made and worn by Arab merchants as a sarong, it is now considered an integral part of Swahili culture and fashion staple in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zanzibar. Cotton combed removes short fibres that break the fabric, while its tight weaves reduce fraying, making them much more durable. Because of its versatility, the Kikoy can be used as a towel, scarf, head wrap, sarong, curtain, tablecloth, and baby carrier.