A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a patterned border of black and blue floral and cashew nut motifs, enclosing a central diamond-shaped design surrounded by four images of Kenyan 100 shilling notes. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili written in the Arabic script: UKITAKA NIFURAHISHA, NIPE NOTI YA SIKUKUU - "If you want to please me, give money for the Eid".
- 1950s (?)
- Made in: India
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Found/Acquired: Zanzibar (island), "Tree beneath which fish were sold"
- (Africa,Tanzania,Zanzibar (state),Zanzibar (island))
- Width: 106 centimetres
- Length: 153 centimetres
Inscription ContentUKITAKA NIFURAHISHA, NIPE NOTI YA SIKUKUU
Inscription TranslationIf you want to please me, give money for the Eid
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription ContentART No 315 100% cotton MADE IN INDIA
kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear. Those showing western consumer goods, money and luxuries are typical of the 1950s; 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.
2013 14 Feb-21 April, London, BM, Social fabric: African textiles today--textiles of southern and eastern Africa
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF64832
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