Tom's Trunks are inspired by Kikoy fabrics. The "Kikoy" is a traditional garment originating in East Africa.
It was originally used by Arab merchants as a sarong and became one of the most famous African fabrics. The
Kikoy is traditionally of rectangular shape, made from pure cotton with hand rolled fringes and woven with
specific designs. The original Kikoy designs have a main plain colour and stripy sides. The patterns are very

  • How it was made

    Originally cotton yarn was hand-loomed by local craftsmen. The Kikoy was then dyed with bright natural colours and worn by local fishermen in Kenya and Tanzania.
    Today the fabric tends to be machine-loomed using 100% cotton. To achieve the vibrant colours azo-free dyes are used.