R6060/16 Textile; Kanga; Wrap

Unseparated pair of kangas in a traditional design with no slogan, in Red, black, and white.

Kanga (Museum Accession Number R6060/16)

This pair of unseparated kangas was made in Kenya from machine-printed cotton in 2017. This is a traditional kanga design, inspired by guineafowl, a speckled bird found across sub-Saharan Africa, – ‘kanga’ is the Kiswahili word for guineafoul. Kangas are bought in pairs and worn as an outfit with one wrapped as a skirt and one as a top, shawl or head covering. They usually feature a slogan which is used to make a statement, whether personal or political. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.

Creator: Kaderdina Hajee Essak Limited

Place: Kenya, East Africa, Africa

Date: 2017