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kanga

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af2003,21.24

  • Description

    A rectangular white cotton cloth with two borders of floral motifs along the two longer sides, between which is a repeating pattern of black pineapple motifs painted freehand and with the use of a stencil. The cloth was specially commissioned as part of a sequence illustrating the historical development of kanga design.

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  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 2003
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 23 centimetres
    • Length: 30 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This is an element in a series of designs commissioned by Nasra Hilal Mohammed and painted by Shaib Ali to illustrate the historical development of printed kanga design. This second design was printed in red and/or black and was known in Kiswahili as PINDO MBILI meaning 'two borders'.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2013 14 Feb-21 April, London, BM, Social Fabric: African textiles today--textiles of southern and eastern Africa
    2015 13 Feb - 17 May Birchington-on-sea, Powell Cotton Museumm, Social Fabric: African Textiles Today
    2015 23 May - 6 Sept, Exeter, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Social Fabric: African Textiles Today
    2015-2016 19 Sept-24 Jan, Ipswich Museum, Social Fabric: African Textiles Today
    2016 20 Feb-29 May, Walthamstow, William Morris Gallery, Social Fabric: African Textiles Today

  • Condition

    good

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2003

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af2003,21.24

A rectangular white cotton cloth with two borders of floral motifs along the two longer sides, between which is a repeating pattern of black pineapple motifs painted freehand and with the use of a stencil. The cloth was specially commissioned as part of a sequence illustrating the historical development of kanga design.

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