A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous patterned border of black, white and purple overlapping fishscale motifs enclosing a central design of black ovals on alternating bands of green and purple. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: MKE MWEMA NI UA NYUMBANI HUCHANUA - "a good wife is like a flower which blossoms at home".
- Made in: India
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Found/Acquired: Zanzibar
- (Africa,Tanzania,Zanzibar (state),Zanzibar (island),Zanzibar (town))
- Width: 108 centimetres
- Length: 154 centimetres
Inscription ContentMKE MWEMA NI UA NYUMBANI HUCHANUA
Inscription TranslationA GOOD WIFE IS LIKE A FLOWER WHICH BLOSSOMS AT HOME
Inscription Typemaker's mark
kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear.
Bought in Darajani market, Zanzibar
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF64775
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