What the guesthouse maids wear

For the longest time the guesthouse maids would just wear whatever they wanted to work. A random XL t-shirt, an old paigne [wrap-around skirt], and head scarf. They were their work clothes, so naturally, they were worn out, stained and not very professional looking.

As I looked around at established businesses, hotels, and even some residences, I noticed that their maids and house workers were wearing… [wait for it]…. uniforms!

What a novel idea.

So I called the tailor, had him come directly to the guesthouse on a day that both of the ladies were working, so that he could take their measurements and make them each two sets of uniforms.

After asking (and looking) around, I learned that the checkered material is most commonly used for domestic workers’ uniforms, and even considered, for the workers, a sign of respect.

The tailor dropped off the new uniforms this week, and the ladies were so excited with their new outfits! It was really fun for me to see their reactions.

Ndeye in her new uniform.

Ndeye in her new uniform.

Aissatou, who has been working here for 20+ years, was thrilled to have a uniform.

Aissatou, who has been working here for 20+ years, was thrilled to have a uniform.

Looking good, ladies!

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3 thoughts on “What the guesthouse maids wear

  1. Jenn,
    It’s awesome that their uniforms are considered a sign of respect. I know the workers at our school were excited when they got uniforms because it saved their every day clothes from getting beat up with all the dirt they dealt with day after day.

  2. I think it’s a great way for you guys to show respect for your workers. Very cool.

    If anyone wants to order uniforms like these, leave a comment and Jenn can hook you up with her tailor!

  3. Pingback: Meanwhile, at the guesthouse… | The View From Here

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