Lamu is an ideal place to shop for well priced coastal handicrafts. Lamu is famous for its woodcarvers, whose specialities include the famous carved Lamu Doors, Furniture, signboards and Swahili boxes, intricately carved and inlaid with brass, copper or marble work.
These vary in size from small jewellery boxes to huge chests. Similarly styled candle holders and other wooden objects are often also sold.
One thing every visitor to the coast should buy is a kikoy or khanga. These traditional cloths are worn as a wrap around garment by both men and women all over the East African coast, similar to the sarong of South East Asia.
The kikoy is a bright, usually striped, cloth with knotted tassles along each hem.
The khanga is larger, more elaborately patterned and traditionally emblazoned with a Swahili proverb offering a pearl of conventional wisdom.
These cloths are synonymous with the Kenyan coast, and their fabrics are often adapted into clothing, tablecloths, bed linen, and just about anything else possible. A khanga or kikoy is perfect for the beach and can either be worn or used as a beach towel, or both.
Lamu is also home to excellent tailors, who can produce clothing from local fabrics quickly and cheaply, made to order.