A rectangular machine-printed red cotton cloth, kanga, with floral motifs in black along the border, enclosing a central rectangular design of diagonal lines interspersed with circular chrysanthemum motifs. The cloth carries an inscription in Kiswahili just above the lower border which reads: AKIBA HAIOZI.
- 1950s (?)
- Made in: China (?)
- Found/Acquired: Zanzibar (island), "Tree beneath which fish were sold"
- (Africa,Tanzania,Zanzibar (state),Zanzibar (island))
- Width: 111 centimetres
- Length: 152 centimetres
Inscription ContentAKIBA HAIOZI
Inscription CommentTranslation to follow
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription ContentKHANGAS SPECIALLY MADE FOR HAIDERY STORE, MUSCAT H7-1
kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear. This example was made in China for sale to Swahili speakers in Muscat, Oman.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF64888
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