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.