A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous blue, brown and black border with serpentine designs. A central, rectangular design shows horizontal bars of the same colour, superimposed upon which are numerous small, serpentine motifs. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili written in the Roman script: UNARINGA UMEPIMWAA...? "Don't be boastful .. have you been checked?".
- 2002-2003 (?)
- Made in: India
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Found/Acquired: Dar es Salaam
- (Africa,Tanzania,Dar es Salaam)
- Length: 160 centimetres
- Width: 105 centimetres
Inscription ContentUNARINGA UMEPIMWAA
Inscription TranslationDon't be boastful .. have you been checked?
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription ContentKARIBU TEXTILE DNo.- 3287 - TANZANIA
kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear. The design and inscription on this kanga relate directly to the AIDS epidemic, and in particular the need for sexual partners to be tested for HIV.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF64788
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