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Wednesday, 11 December 2013
THE SWAHILI HAT (KOFIA YA ZITO) AND UDDY (OLD SWAHILI AIR FRESHENER)
The Swahili hat is a kind of hat worn by men of all age, in
Lamu is called Kofia ya zito because the flowers are very small. The flowers are done in a form of embroidery
by using hand with a small needle.
Different Islamic countries in the world have different
designs of hats, the Arabia countries make the embroidery work using machine.
Every hat has a name, people can identify the kinds of hats
Example of Kofia
Uddy (Old Swahili Air
Small sticks are uddy
Uddy is the old Swahili air freshener; it was used to give fresh perfume air in the house, to perfume the cloths and hair
Uddy is used by both men and women (married). Prophet
Mohammad (S.W) used uddy to perfume his cloths and also during prayers. Uddy
became sunna to Muslims because it was used by the Prophet Muhammad (S.W).
It is not only used by the Swahili but also by all the
Muslims in the world.
Different countries have different ways of making Uddy, but
the uses are the same. Uddy is a solid perfume substance that is burnt to
produce perfumed smock, the perfume smock is then used to perfume the cloths.