A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous patterned border of black and white 'piano keys' pattern enclosing a central design of small, repeating motifs in blue and yellow commonly described as 'crosses and tangerines'. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: BURE MWAFEDHEHEKA MWENYEWE AMENIWEKA - "you're showing yourself up unnecessarily: I'm the chosen one".
- Made in: India
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Found/Acquired: Zanzibar
- (Africa,Tanzania,Zanzibar (state),Zanzibar (island),Zanzibar (town))
- Width: 107 centimetres
- Length: 160 centimetres
Inscription ContentBURE MWAFEDHEHEKA MWENYEWE AMENIWEKA
Inscription TranslationYou're showing yourself up unnecessarily: I'm the chosen one
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription ContentMALI YA CHAVDA ZANZIBAR JAYSHRI 5136
kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear. This type of kanga is a modern variant of that known as kisutu and is traditionally worn at weddings by the bride and her friends and relations.
2006/7, Kenya, Nairobi Gallery, Hazina: Traditions, Trade and Transitions in Eastern Africa
Bought in Darajani market, Zanzibar
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF64774
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