A rectangular machine-printed cotton cloth, kanga, with a narrow black border and three distinct blocks of pattern, each including a complex design of small motifs in red, black and white. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: HAMWISHI KUNIZULIA HICHO NI CHENU KILEMA - "your problem is that you can't stop backbiting".
- Made in: India
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Found/Acquired: Zanzibar
- (Africa,Tanzania,Zanzibar (state),Zanzibar (island),Zanzibar (town))
- Length: 160 centimetres
- Width: 110 centimetres
Inscription ContentHAMWISHI KUNIZULIA HICHO NI CHENU KILEMA
Inscription TranslationYour problem is that you can't stop backbiting
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription ContentMALI YA CHAVDA ZANZIBAR JAYSHRI 5054
kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear. This type of kanga is known as kisutu and is traditionally worn at weddings by the bride and her friends and relations; the distinctive central pattern is known as 'crosses and tangerines'. Unlike other kanga designs, that of kisutu remains perennially popular in Tanzania and Kenya. Although printed in other colours and variant designs, the traditional form and colour combination remains the most popular.
5 September 2005
Remove vreases and install on a roller
Creases removed by dampening a piece of blotting paper by spaying with distilled water and laying it beneath a sheet of Goretex (polytetrafluoro ethylene,polyester laminate). Textile placed on topof Goretex and covered with a sheet of polythene.Creases gradually eased out by stretching fabric with glass weights as it relaxed.Rolled on acid-free cardboard roller between acid-free tissue paper.
Bought in Darajani market, Zanzibar
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF64773
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