A rectangular machine-printed yellow and black cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous patterned border of 'bull's eye' motifs, enclosing a central design containing alternate crosses and floral patterns. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili written in the Arabic script: WAJA WA SITARA TUMESTIRIKA, KILA LA IZARZA HALITATUFIKA - "We are well protected and nothing bad will happen to us".
- 1990s (?)
- Made in: India
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Found/Acquired: Zanzibar (town)
- (Africa,Tanzania,Zanzibar (state),Zanzibar (island),Zanzibar (town))
- Width: 107 centimetres
- Length: 154 centimetres
Inscription ContentWAJA WA SITARA TUMESTIRIKA, KILA LA IZARA HALITATUFIKA
Inscription TranslationWe are well protected and nothing bad will happen to us
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription ContentMALI YA - MAHBOOB BHAIRAV. D.N. 5070 G 109
kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear. Inscriptions in the Arabic script continued until the 1960s when the Roman script largely took over, though they are still occasionally printed in the Arabic; this example probably dates from the mid-1990s and is a modern version of the traditional wedding kanga, kisutu, with its distinctive 'crosses and tangerines' design
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF64786
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