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kanga

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af2003,21.6

  • Description

    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?".

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  • Date

    • 2002-2003 (?)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 160 centimetres
    • Width: 105 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Language

        Kiswahili
      • Inscription Content

        UNARINGA UMEPIMWAA
      • Inscription Translation

        Don't be boastful .. have you been checked?
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Content

        KARIBU TEXTILE DNo.- 3287 - TANZANIA
  • Curator's comments

    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.

  • Location

    G25/dc9

  • Condition

    good

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2003

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af2003,21.6

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?".

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