ISBN 9789987082698
Pages 120
Dimensions 154 x 216mm
Illustrations Colour Illustrations and Colour Photographs
Published 2016
Publisher Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Tanzania
Format Paperback

Kanga Collection

by Chieko Orimoto

Kanga is a single sheet of cloth which beautifies women's lives in Tanzania and Kenya. With impressive bright and bold designs, this cloth has been worn since the second half of the 19th century as a garment wrapped around the body, and it may be regarded as a symbol of Swahili culture.  Even today Kanga is widely used in everyday life and on ceremonial occasions such as weddings and funerals.  The most defining characteristic of Kanga is that it has a Swahili phrase known as "jina" (name) printed in the center.  The phrase acts as a communication tool in various aspects of social life. This book introduces the reader to a selection of the finest Kanga in the author's collection. It also to touches on an unknown history between Kanga and Japan.

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About the Author

Chieko Orimoto

Chieko Orimoto has been collecting Kangas in East Africa for 20 years. The cloths presented in this photograph collection have been carefully selected from that period. In her words:

The more you get to know about kanga, the more it fascinates you. And although it is just a piece of cloth, each and every kanga tells its own very special tale. I wish from the bottom of my heart that this collection will get more people to feel the beauty of kanga designs, get more people interested in kanga in particular and Swahili culture in general.