A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous border of black lines enclosing a design of red and blue circles. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: HUJUI KITU - "You don't know anything".
- Made in: India (? D.NO.ED-10054)
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Found/Acquired: Zanzibar
- (Africa,Tanzania,Zanzibar (state),Zanzibar (island),Zanzibar (town))
- Width: 109 centimetres
- Length: 161 centimetres
Inscription ContentHUJUI KITU
Inscription TranslationYou don't know anything
Inscription Typemaker's mark
kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear. Kangas with this inscription are usually worn by older women
2013 14 Feb-21 April, London, BM, Social fabric: African textiles today--textiles of southern and eastern Africa
2006/7, Kenya, Nairobi Gallery, Hazina: Traditions, Trade and Transitions in Eastern Africa
30 June 2005
Remove creases, roll for transport and storage.
The cloth was creased due to folded storage.
Creases were relaxed using Goretex humidification. Blotting paper or a cotton sheet was dampened with distilled water. The Goretex (polytetrafluoroethylene and polyester laminate) was placed over this and the textile was laid directly on the Goretex. The textile was covered with polythene to prevent loss of humidity. Glass or Melinex weights were used to flatten out the creases. Due to the length of the fabric the treatment was carried out in sections, rolling each completed area onto an acid-free roller provided by AOA.
Bought in Darajani market, Zanzibar
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF64766
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