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kanga

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af2002,09.4

  • Description

    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".

  • Date

    • 2002
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 109 centimetres
    • Length: 161 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Language

        Kiswahili
      • Inscription Content

        HUJUI KITU
      • Inscription Translation

        You don't know anything
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Content

        D.NO.ED-10054
  • Curator's comments

    kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear. Kangas with this inscription are usually worn by older women

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    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

  • Condition

    good

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    30 June 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Remove creases, roll for transport and storage.

    Condition

    The cloth was creased due to folded storage.

    Treatment details

    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.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2002

  • Acquisition notes

    Bought in Darajani market, Zanzibar

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af2002,09.4


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