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kanga

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af2002,09.17

  • Description

    An uncut pair of rectangular, machine-printed white cotton cloths, kanga. The design comprises a continuous patterned border of black and yellow circular and linear motifs, with a pair of leaves in each corner, enclosing a central rectangular design with black circular motifs on a blue background. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: USHINDI WA MILLENIUM NI WETU - "The new millennium belongs to us".

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  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 2002
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 117 centimetres
    • Length: 166 centimetres (single pattern)
    • Length: 330 centimetres (whole cloth)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Language

        Kiswahili
      • Inscription Content

        USHINDI WA MILLENIUM NI WETU
      • Inscription Translation

        The new millennium belongs to us
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Content

        URAFIKI TANZANIA PRINTED KHANGA FTC DES NO 198
  • Curator's comments

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

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

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

  • Condition

    good

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2002

  • Acquisition notes

    Bought in the factory shop of the Urafiki Textile Company, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af2002,09.17


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