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Designer kiondo fetches Sh138,148 on online store

By Standard Reporter | September 4th 2017
A leather-trimmed embellished woven straw tote designed by Dolce & Gabbana

NAIROBI, KENYA: It is one week since the ban of plastic bags in Kenya

The ban which came into force on August 28 has seen shoppers carrying alternative bags to the retail outlets to fit whatever they have purchased from the shops.

The search for eco-friendly alternatives to plastic bags has led to the resurrection of kiondos and kikapus which took back seat when the plastic bag was the main shopping carrier up to August 28.

On Monday, a picture surfaced on the internet of a bag similar to kikapu being sold on an online store at a whooping Sh138, 148 ($1338).

The bag is a leather-trimmed embellished woven straw tote designed by Dolce & Gabbana. The initial price tag of the bag was Sh300,390 ($2945) but this has been brought down by more than half (54 percent) to the current price of Sh138,148.

Locally such a bag would fetch between Sh500-Sh1000.

Social media users on twitter reacted to the price of the bag with many saying the currency could be that in Somali shillings while others inquired how much a weaving class would cost.

Twitter Reactions

I thrash sisal.‏ @Ninanyce  Replying to @MediaMK Lol! How much is a weaving,

Swizz McKenzie @SwizzMckenzie Bought one today for 100Ksh or 1USD,

Miss Karebe‏ @MissKarebe Replying to @MediaMK Must be Somali shillings.

happymwari‏ @lynnkathu  Replying to @MediaMKthis has given me many a chuckle

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