Rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, 'kanga', with a continuous patterned border of multi-coloured floral motifs in black and blue, enclosing a central rectangle with a recurring motif of a type of fruit or vegetable, possibly papaya, also in black and blue. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili written in the Roman script: MOLA ATAYAMALIZA SINA WASIWASI.
- Designed in: Mombasa (town)MALI YA ABDULLA, Biashara Street, Mombasa
- (Africa,Kenya,Coast Province,Mombasa)
- Printed in: India (?)
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Found/Acquired: Lamu Island
- (Africa,Kenya,Coast Province,Lamu District,Lamu Island)
- Width: 148 centimetres
- Height: 106 centimetres
Inscription ContentMOLA ATAYAMALIZA SINA WASIWASI
kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear.
- Associated with: Pate Island
Purchased from Khalifa Abubaka on Lamu Island
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF121913
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