This is the equivalent of the ubiquitous handbag in England or purse as it is known in the States. No self-respecting Togolese would be seen without one! Everything and anything is carried in these shallow metal bowls: shopping, sales goods, laundry, water, food…….the list is endless!
These enormous brimmed hats are peculiar to this area and help protect the market traders against the fierce sun. Not only does it shade their face and eyes, unlike other, smaller hats, it also shields their arms.