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kanga

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af2002,09.18

  • Description

    An uncut pair of rectangular, machine-printed cotton cloths, kanga. The design comprises a continuous patterned border of black and yellow floral motifs on a dark green background, enclosing a central rectangular design in yellow, green and black depicting the house in Arusha at which President Nyerere made his declaration of independence in 1967. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: SINA PUPA MUNGU AKIPENDA ATANIPA - " I am not in a hurry because everything depends on god". Above the image of the house is another inscription: NYUMBA HII MAHALI PALIPOZALIWA AZIMIO "This house is the place where the Arusha declaration was made".

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  • Date

    • 2002
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 104 centimetres
    • Width: 337 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Language

        Kiswahili
      • Inscription Content

        SINA PUPA MUNGU AKIPENDA ATANIPA
      • Inscription Translation

        I AM NOT IN A HURRY BECAUSE EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON GOD
      • Inscription Comment

        A second inscription above the image of the house reads: NYUMBA HII NDIPO MAHALI PALIPOZALIWA AZIMIO: "This is the house where the Arusha declaration was made".
      • 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
    2006/7, Kenya, Nairobi Gallery, Hazina: Traditions, Trade and Transitions in Eastern Africa

  • Condition

    good

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    30 June 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Remove creases and roll for transport/storage.

    Condition

    The cloth was creased due to folded storage.

    Treatment details

    Creases were relaxed using Goretex humidification. Blotting paper was dampened with distilled water. The Goretex (polytetrafluoroethylene and polyester laminate) was placed over this and the textile was laid directly on the Goretex. The textile was covered with polythene to prevent loss of humidity. Glass or Melinex weights were used to flatten out the creases. Due to the cloth's length the humidification was carried out in sections, rolling each treated section onto an acid-free roller provided by AOA.

    About these records 

  • 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

    Af2002,09.18

An uncut pair of rectangular, machine-printed cotton cloths, kanga. The design comprises a continuous patterned border of black and yellow floral motifs on a dark green background, enclosing a central rectangular design in yellow, green and black depicting the house in Arusha at which President Nyere made his declaration of independence in 1967. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: SINA PUPA MUNGU AKIPENDA ATANIPA - " I am not in a hurry because everything depends on god". Above the image of the house is another inscription: NYUMBA HII MAHALI PALIPOZALIWA AZIMIO "This house is the place where the Arusha declaration was made".

An uncut pair of rectangular, machine-printed cotton cloths, kanga. The design comprises a continuous patterned border of black and yellow floral motifs on a dark green background, enclosing a central rectangular design in yellow, green and black depicting the house in Arusha at which President Nyere made his declaration of independence in 1967. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: SINA PUPA MUNGU AKIPENDA ATANIPA - " I am not in a hurry because everything depends on god". Above the image of the house is another inscription: NYUMBA HII MAHALI PALIPOZALIWA AZIMIO "This house is the place where the Arusha declaration was made".

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