I needed a new loofah weeks a back. There is a lane in Kampala called Kikuubo. It is a traders’ lane offering competitive prices for school requirements and household items. It is where I went to find a good one.
In my beloved country Uganda, boarding school is so popular than I think it should. It entails purchasing requirements; lots of them. About two weeks to the end of holidays , a child is asked to write a shopping list, which is the items she or he will need before the parents can visit again.
One of the items is a bathing sponge/ loofah. There are both imported and locally made/grown ones. One are locally made by mostly women from threads. they intertwine threads and sew the stripes together with a hand needle to form . They lather up quickly and come at a good price, only 1500 Ugx.
However, they do not clean the body thoroughly. See, it is the same material of threads as other imported sponges but the weaving technique is lacking. The women wring the threads in the same direction hence the smoothness. From my little research the grain of the threads is supposed to face opposite direction so that there is friction enough against the skin to clean out all the dirt. An ideal loofah is not like a smooth painting brush; these locally made loofahs are. they just massage your skin which is not what an African skin needs. We need a good scrub!
I ditched the sponge and tried the naturally grown sponges. At Ugx 2000, I am amazed! things
#Natural Loofah . (amazon.com)
God designed this loofah in the way one should be. Its threads are intertwined and i feel fresh and exfoliated after each bath.
- Buy a natural loofah instead of the hand woven one for a better clean.
- When you dialogue with any lady that makes them, kindly advise her.
- Buy Uganda, Build Uganda.