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    Kanga; made of cotton; rectangle of white cotton printed with border of burdungy and orange flowers; at centre six sets of three burgundy leaves; "KORANA ANATY LAY TANDREMO SAO MAFY LOATRA" printed under leaves; "KHANGA SOTEMA VITA MALAGASY M1436" printed in one corner.

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    • Length: 120 centimetres
    • Width: 168 centimetres
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    2013 14 Feb-21 April, London, BM, Social fabric: African textiles today--textiles of southern and eastern Africa

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    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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