Baby Helmet (c) 2

After a concerned email from Ma, I felt I should add some detail to the baby helmet business. I bought one today (half for work, half to wear as a helmet when I’m doing editing) and I can tell you the following things:

– The calabashes are very light, 3 or 4mm thick and rubbed with oil to make them waterproof.
– They sit on the shoulders of the mother and the baby, leaving little windows either side for the baby to peer out of.
– They are called ‘awal-wic’ (literally “head-calabash”) in Luo.

More baby helmet (c) goodness! This cracking shot comes courtesy of Zam.


About Muzungu

I’m a Uganda-based freelance photographer (and occasional writer) working for a broad range of clients including NGOs, newspapers and magazines and development agencies. My work has taken me across East Africa, South America and Europe, and previous clients include USAID, the World Bank and the East African. I also work on personal documentary projects in my spare time. If you’d like to hire me or to know more, please feel free to get in touch.
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4 Responses to Baby Helmet (c) 2

  1. wayfaringthoughts says:

    Your photographs are breathtaking. The helmet is an interesting design, but I love the expression of the little one.

    Wonderful site. =)

  2. Anna says:

    what a fab photo! i must get one of those helmets for Sophie… tho perhaps she’s a bit big now. maybe for Rachel’s next (had you heard??)

    • Muzungu says:

      I’ll pass on your compliment to Zam, as she is the snapper! I’ve bought one, so if it makes it back in one piece rest assured it will be worn as a helmet by at least one of my relatives!

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