|commonly used kanga wrap at home|
|As a headscarf|
Tanzanian women love Kangas and one woman can have several pairs. And for those who are kanga enthusiast they make a new purchase every week. Kanga is used by our women tied on the waist on top of a dress as an apron of its kind whilst attending her daily duties in her home. It is also used to hold and cover a new born baby. And when the baby has grown, they use kanga as a baby carrier on her back. Also men wear their wive kanga whilst at home. At funeral occasions almost all women their wear kangas around them. At send off parties the husband to be is put to test. He has to pin point her wife to be amongst several women completely covered by kangas. A kanga can also be used as a headscarf.Apart from the uses mention a kanga has several other uses such as decorative material on send off or wedding occasions...etc. And some of our ladies carry a kanga in their handbags for use in emergency situation.So you can imagine the total number of kangas in our homesteads. Kanga is sold as a pair called "Doti".
|Guinea fowl (Kanga)|
|Guinea fowl feather|
So let us look at what makes the kanga to be a so special clothing to our women folks.
Kanga is the Swahili name of bird called Guinea fowl. And that is where the clothing got its name.
Designers were inspired by the dotted patten on the Guinea fowl s feathers.
A kanga is rectangular in shape and measures 110cm by 150cm. It has brilliant print and a swahili saying on it, which is enclosed with a border all around it.
Kanga production started in early 1950 s in India and China and brought to East African coast by trade merchants.So you see it was initially worn by coastal people and Zanzibar Island. And then spread inwards into the mainland as it grew in popularity. In the mid of 1960 s kanga production started in Tanzania.
When you are talking of its quality, it varies from country to country. As for Tanzanian Kangas is made from 100% of pure cotton cloth.
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