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kanga

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af2002,09.9

  • Description

    A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous patterned border of arches and tamarind seed pods in yellow enclosing a central design of six white circles on a purple background. Within each of the circles is a pair of hands tattooed, as if for a wedding. with patterns in henna similar to those which appear around the border. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: HARUSI NI FURAHA NA SOTE TUONE RAHA - roughly meaning "Wedddings are happy to see all pleasures".

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  • Date

    • 2002
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 108 centimetres
    • Width: 156 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Language

        Kiswahili
      • Inscription Content

        HARUSI NI FURAHA NA SOTE TUONE RAHA
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Content

        AVANI D.NO. 3847
  • Curator's comments

    kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear. The practice of applying patterns in henna to the hands of the bride is common to both the Hindu and Islamic traditions on the East Coast of Africa.

  • 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

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    Treatment date

    5 September 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Remove creases and install on roller.

    Condition

    Creased

    Treatment details

    Creases removed by laying a sheet of blotting paper moistened by spraying with distilled water beneath a sheet of Goretex (polytetrafluoro ethylene,polyester laminate). Textile laid on top and covered with polythene.

    Textile gradually stretched out to remove creases as it relaxed.

    Rolled on an acid-free cardboard roller between acid-free tissue paper.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2002

  • Acquisition notes

    Bought in Darajani market, Zanzibar

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af2002,09.9

A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous patterned border of arches and tamarind seed pods in yellow enclosing a central design of six white circles on a purple background. Within each of the circles is a pair of  hands tattooed, as if for a wedding.  with patterns in henna similar to those which appear around the border. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: HARUSI NI FURAHA NA SOTE TUONE RAHA - "? (translation to follow".

A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous patterned border of arches and tamarind seed pods in yellow enclosing a central design of six white circles on a purple background. Within each of the circles is a pair of hands tattooed, as if for a wedding. with patterns in henna similar to those which appear around the border. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: HARUSI NI FURAHA NA SOTE TUONE RAHA - "? (translation to follow".

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