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    The Kanga and Zanzibar

     

    Early images of Zanzibar women showed them draping themselves in indigenous striped fabrics.

    Races of Man apx. 1880

     

    Later, in the mid 1800's cheap imported cloth called Americani was introduced.

     

    At first it is said that the poor wore Americani but the better off preferred Kangas. These two images show a mix of both, and demonstrate that even the poor and prisoners were starting to wear the Kanga.

     

    Zanzibar water carriers
    Zbar women prisoners

     

    Women found the Kanga convenient for work:

     

    Rice picking
    Early Kangas
    Women crushing corn. Cutinho

     

    For Shopping:

    Duka (Shop) Gomes
    Hair care c1900

     

    For Dance:

     

    Dance April 1902
    Dancers. Delord c1904
    Native Dance c1920

     

    For Fashion:

     

    Two Arab ladies c1913

     

    Kanga style was always forward looking and designs making a statement about the wearers modernity were popular.

      

    modern houses and street lights apx 1900

    The vibrant color and variety of wearing options is a fixture of Kanga style...

    sorting cloves c 1960

    ... so much so that their absence on solemn occasions make these events even more memorable. 

    Seyyid Abdulla bin Khalifa last procession 04-07-63_

                              

    by Barghash 2005 

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