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kanga

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af2003,21.29

  • Description

    A rectangular machine-printed yellow cotton cloth, kanga, with a polka dot border with red-brown cashew fruit and nut motifs, enclosing a central rectangular design within which is a single large image of a fruit and leaves.The cloth carries no inscription; it is well worn and has been locally repaired in a number of places.

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  • Date

    • 1950s (?)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 117 centimetres
    • Length: 150 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear.

  • Condition

    good

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2003

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af2003,21.29

A rectangular machine-printed yellow cotton cloth, kanga, with a polka dot border with red-brown cashew fruit and nut motifs, enclosing a central rectangular design within which is  a single large image of a fruit and leaves.The cloth carries no inscription; it is well worn and has been locally repaired in a number of places.

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