My mother told me an interesting story about this sash. It’s my grandmother’s sash and apparently, when the little girls went to church they would do these tests to grow within the church and the word of God. The little girls were called kandeti. (Cadet in English). It was kind of a Kamba girls scout. Specifically, children who went to the African Inland Church would participate in the program. Each time they passed a test they got a badge. Apparently my grandma passed in cooking, sewing, music, spreading the word of the bible, and there are a couple there that I do not know what they mean. This sash was a source of pride :).
Their motto was, “Ndeto yaku ni taa wa maau makwa na kyeni kya nzia yakwa.” Psalms 119:105
Translation: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
There is a handshake that goes along with this but my mother refuses to be filmed hehe.
I love hearing these stories that I would never have known if they somehow didn’t pop up in random conversation. All we have is our oral history.