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kanga

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af2002,09.13

  • Description

    A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous patterned border of black and yellow diamond-shaped motifs, enclosing a yellow panel and central circular design containing the map of Tanzania upon which a yellow AIDS ribbon is superimposed. Around the top of this circular design is an inscription in Kiswahili: VIJANA TUMETANGAZA VITA DHIDI YA UKIMWI - "We young people declare war against AIDS". Red AIDS ribbons, increasing in size, spread out from this central design towards the four corners. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: KWA SABABU UWEZO TUNAO NA NIA TUNAYO - "Because we have the capacity and the will to do it".

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  • Date

    • 2002
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 110 centimetres
    • Width: 163 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Language

        Kiswahili
      • Inscription Content

        VIJANA TUMETANGAZA VITA DHIDI YA UKIMWI KWA SABABU UWEZO TUNAO NA NIA TUNAYO
      • Inscription Translation

        We young people declare war against AIDS Because we have the capacity and the will to do it
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Content

        URAFIKI TANZANIA PRINTED KHANGA FTC DES NO 194
  • Curator's comments

    kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear.

  • 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

    29 July 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Remove creases. Roll (to be provided by MA)

    Condition

    The kanga is creased all over.

    Treatment details

    Creases were attempted to be relaxed using Goretex humidification. 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. This, however, proved unsucessful, and while the creases relaxed somewhat they were still slightly visible, particularly as it was thought the textile was going to be displayed in a sort of raking light.

    Washfastness tests were carried out to determine if the creases could be directly wetted out, however all dyes proved to be fugitive.

    In light of the display parameters and as the cloth is new and not at all degraded, it was decided that the kanga could withstand light 'steam ironing': a cotton cloth was misted with distilled water, and laid over a dry cotton cloth. An iron head set at 70C was passed over the misted cloth with slight pressure. This was more effective than contact humidification, but again not prefectly sucessful. It was determined that to properly remove the creases the fibres would have to be properly wet out, which had already been precluded by the fugitive dyes.

    The cloth was rolled onto an acid free roller.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2002

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af2002,09.13

A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous patterned border of black and yellow diamond-shaped motifs, enclosing a yellow panel and central circular design containing the map of  Tanzania upon which a yellow AIDS ribbon is superimposed. Around the top of this circular design is an inscription in Kiswahili: VIJANA TUMETANGAZA VITA DHIDI YA UKIMWI - "We young people declare war against AIDS". Red AIDS ribbons, increasing in size, spread out from this central design towards the four corners.  Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: KWA SABABU UWEZO TUNAO NA NIA TUNAYO - "Because we have the capacity and the will to do it".

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