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head-shawl / kanga / head-cover

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  • Description

    Woman's head-cover or head-shawl (leso or shayla) made from two floral printed red and black cotton kanga cloths sewn together along their widths with an added border of hand-woven metallic thread (zarrie) band with a long green fringe (called hatheeya). This head-shawl can be worn draped over another head-covering (waqaya, 2011,6003.38). The complete outfit includes a contrasting calf-length dress (dishdasha, 2011,6003.36) and baggy trousers (sirwal, 2011,6003.37).


  • Date

    • 1970s-1980s
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 276 centimetres
    • Width: 96 centimetres
    • Length: 19 centimetres (border and fringe)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        edge of kanga
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        DEEPAK KHANGAS 1032
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Presented as part of a gift of textiles and silver artefacts to the British Museum on the occasion of the exhibition 'Adornment and Identity: Jewellery and Costume from Oman' by His Excellency Mohammed Al Tobi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Tourism of the Sultanate of Oman, at the opening reception on 26/01/11.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number



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