This exhibition, entitled Kanga Stories, The Cloth that Reveals, focuses on the Kanga cloth, a colourful printed cotton fabric, worn mainly by women in central and eastern Africa. Kanga and which in old Bantu means to enclose or wrap, plays a central role in the cultural heritage of Kenya. Kanga conveys strong literal and socio-economical messages in Swahili, which contribute to distinguish this material from other cloths used by Kenyan communities. The Kanga messages, called the jin (name) of the kanga are often in the form of riddles or proverbs.
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Kanga Stories Exhibition
National Museum. Museum Hill, tel. +254 3742131.