Machungwa Khanga Jumpsuit

Machungwa Khanga Jumpsuit

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Machungwa means Orange (fruit and colour) in Swahili.

Beautiful Khanga jumpsuit available fits size Small to Medium.

Comes with pocket – you can dress it up with a pair of high heels or dress it down with runners.

Care: Hand wash a few times – Garment can be mixed with like colours in the washing machine after it has been hand washed.
Avoid using the dryer – shrinkage possible in electric dryers.

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kanga, is a colourful fabric similar to kitenge, but lighter, worn by women and occasionally by men throughout the African Great Lakes region. It is a piece of printed cotton fabric, about 1.5 m by 1 m, often with a border along all four sides (called pindo in Swahili), and a central part (mji) which differs in design from the borders. They are sold in pairs, which can then be cut and hemmed to be used as a set.

Whereas kitenge is a more formal fabric used for nice clothing, the kanga is much more than a clothing piece, it can be used as a skirt, head-wrap, apron, pot-holder, towel, and much more. The kanga is culturally significant on Eastern coast of Africa, often given as a gift for birthdays or other special occasions.[1] They are also given to mourning families in Tanzania after the loss of a family member as part of a michengo (or collection) into which many community members put a bit of money to support the family in their grief. Kangas are also similar to Kishutu and Kikoy which are traditionally worn by men. The Kishutu is one of the earliest known designs, probably named after a town in Tanzania, they are particular given to young brides as part of their dowry or by healers to cast off evil spirits. Due to its ritual function they do not always include a proverb.[1]

The earliest pattern of the kanga was patterned with small dots or speckles, which look like the plumage of the guinea hen, also called “kanga” in Swahili. This is where the name comes from, contrary to the belief that it comes from a Swahili verb for to close

Weight 2 lbs
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