Before there were T shirts to convey our thoughts and identities, there were kangas. Kangas are the everyday cloth worn and used by women in many East African countries, unique for their colorful patterns and also their printed text. The messages, slogans and sayings printed on these cloths are used by women to trade barbed insults, give each other compliments, commemorate events, or to express hope, sorrow, and pride. The kangas in this exhibit are from the collections of two local women who have lived and worked in Kenya and Tanzania.
February 9, 11am-1pm:
Talk: An encore presentation in the Great Hall features a talk about the history and cultural context of kangas.
IMAGE LEFT: “They both love each other God blesses”