I sent two more batches of Kanga fabric to the States with friends this year (hurrah for donated checked luggage!). I’ve listed about a dozen on eBay this weekend and will continue to list more into next week until they’re all up. These make wonderful Christmas gifts!
Kanga (CAHN-ga) cloths provide a lot of the beautiful color of East Africa and also preserve a unique cultural heritage. They are used to make tunics and skirts, baby slings, head scarves, hand bags, shawls, tablecloths, and more. You also see Kangas hung on the wall inside a house like works of art, made into pillows and blankets, and even decorating the outdoors while flapping gorgeously on clotheslines.
Included with each purchase is a history of the Kanga and a “Kanga Patterns” PDF with a gridded wrap skirt pattern, plus instructions for an A-line, side-zip skirt:
Each double Kanga measures 44″ wide by 112″ long, so you get two full panels joined in the center. Each panel contains a Swahili “jina” or saying. (Translations for the phrases are shown in the listings on eBay).
With clever cutting, you can also make adorable girls’ dresses that use the border for fantastic sleeves and hemlines:
Have fun browsing through this iconic East African fabric, and feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions!