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kanga

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af2003,21.12

  • Description

    A pair of identical, uncut, rectangular machine-printed cotton cloths, kanga, each with a narrow dark green border and three distinct blocks of pattern with small motifs in green, black and white.

  • Date

    • 2003
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 117 centimetres
    • Length: 166 centimetres (of one kanga)
    • Length: 334 centimetres (full cloth)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Position

        lower hem
      • Inscription Content

        K.H.E. REGD. MALI YA ABDULLA MOMBASA KENYA design no. 8107116
  • Curator's comments

    kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear; this pair remains uncut. This type of kanga is known as kisutu and is traditionally worn at weddings by the bride and her friends and relations; the distinctive central pattern is known as 'crosses and tangerines'. As in this example, kisutu does not traditionally carry an inscription. Unlike other kanga designs, that of kisutu remains perennially popular in Tanzania and Kenya. Although printed in other colours, such as the green of this example, and variant designs, the traditional form and colour combination of red white and black remains the most popular.

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  • Condition

    good

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2003

  • Acquisition notes

    Bought in the shop DUKA LA ABDULLA Biashara Street, Mombasa

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af2003,21.12


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