"A nice thick cotton wrap"
just googled wax print fabric. Yes, that is what a kitenge is. It's not typically used for things other than clothing seeing as it's rather stiff, but it's not impossible to use for the things you mentioned. Except maybe for drying off. It's not very absorbent, and I don't imagine it feels good to rub against yourself
Thanks so much; very helpful. I guess the places I've lived, they just use that for everything. As it's worn and washed, it loses the waxiness and works better for the other things. (It's not terrible for drying off even when new, but it is better when old. I always pack one when I travel.)