Changing flows of trade

By | February 2, 2016
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Secondhand clothes from India in rural Kenya. 1st Feb 2016 Photo Credit: Niti Bhan

This unassuming pile of clothes caught my attention on market day in Busia, Kenya. They are mitumba (secondhand clothes) from India. This is a recent development, apparently, as traditionally mitumba tends to come from the ‘west’ (as can be noted by the name on the bag shown below). Clothes sourced from India have begun showing up in the market only in the past year or so.

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Where did it come from? Secondhand bag in rural Kenya. 1st Feb 2016

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