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7 ways how to wear a Kanga

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… did you know that there are several ways how to wear a Kanga, a traditional dress of women in Zanzibar and Tanzania? It’s hard not to fall in love with these colorful garments! Our participant Maike shows you how to wear a Kanga, depending on the occasion! 


Kangas are colorfully printed cotton fabrics worn by many women in the African Great Lakes region. In the eastern part of the region, the Kanga are usually printed with Swahili sayings or phrases.

Depending on the occasion, there are different ways of how to wear and tie the Kanga.

Maike presents 7 different styles used by women in Zanzibar:

Click on the photos to learn which occasion Maike is wearing her Kanga for!



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