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  • Description

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

  • Date

    • 2003
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 117 centimetres
    • Length: 164 centimetres (of one kanga)
    • Length: 335 centimetres (full cloth)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        lower hem
      • Inscription Content

        K.H.E. REGD. MALI YA ABDULLA MOMBASA KENYA design no. 107116
  • 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 and variant designs, the traditional form and colour combination remains the most popular.


  • Exhibition history


    2013 14 Feb-21 April, London, BM, Social fabric: African textiles today--textiles of southern and eastern Africa

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Bought in the shop DUKA LA ABDULLA Biashara Street, Mombasa

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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