Kanga boasts a fascinating history that dates back to the latter part of the 19th century in England, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. The cotton garment is available in a variety of bright colors and is typically sold in matching sets consisting of two pieces with the same design. Kanga is more than just a fabric; it captures the essence of the Swahili coast.
Both Kanga Standard and Kanga Mombasa are imported. Kanga Standard features proverbs or wise sayings that serve as blessings for luck or friendship, or as reminders for the reader. Due to its meaningful content, Kanga Standard is often referred to as "The FABRIC that talks". Conversely, Kanga Mombasa seldom includes any sayings in Swahili.
Kanga pieces are often passed down from mother to daughter until they become rags used for cleaning the house. They are highly versatile and useful, and unique to Africa. Kanga can be worn in numerous ways and are perfect for a day at the beach, swimming pool, picnic, or even at home, on holidays, or for a getaway.
If you're keen on learning more about Kanga, be sure to peruse the book Kanga Collection by Chieko Orimoto. And always remember to relish their versatility!