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East Africa’s Kimono?

For women in Tanzania’s humid Dar es Salaam port city, the “kanga” is must-have material, functioning as an everyday wraparound dress, bath towel, shawl and, when ragged, dish cloth and mop too.

But for Mustafa Hassanali, a popular local designer who organised this year’s second annual Swahili Fashion Week, the traditional rectangular kanga cloth from east Africa’s Indian Ocean coast means much more

“Just as India has saris and Japan has the kimono, we have the kanga,” he said after the show, as Tanzania’s glitterati exchanged air kisses under the moon by an outdoor catwalk….read the rest here

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