A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous dark green and black border with repeating mango and cashew motifs in yellow and black. A central, rectangular design shows a mango tree with a ladder propped against its trunk. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili written in the Roman script: MWEMBE TAYARI "The mangoes are ready".
- 2002-2003 (?)
- Made in: India
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Found/Acquired: Bagamoyo
- Width: 106 centimetres
- Length: 166 centimetres
Inscription ContentMWEMBE TAYARI
Inscription TranslationThe mangoes are ready
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription ContentURAFIKI TANZANIA PRINTED KHANGA FTC Des NO 417
kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear.
2013 14 Feb-21 April, London, BM, Social fabric: African textiles today--textiles of southern and eastern Africa
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF64787
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