UKIONA WANAKUJADILI UJUE WANAKUPENDA
This is the first kanga nyepesi, or “light” kanga that I am posting. I have heard of two types of kangas being called “nyepesi.” The first, like this one, is made of synthetic material. These kangas are also sometimes called “laini” or “smooth.” These kangas are rarely, if ever, worn wrapped around the waist or head. Instead they are used to make into garments like skirts or dresses. This kanga, like many of the synthetic kangas available in Moshi, is made in India. Ironically, even though these kangas are called “light,” the synthetic kangas are actually warmer than the traditional cotton kanga. The other type of kanga nyepesi is truly lighter than the traditional kanga, but still made of cotton. These are mostly worn in warmer climates such as on the coast or in Zanzibar. You can see a cotton kanga nyepesi posted here.
The words or “jina” on the kanga nyepesi are printed smaller than they are on the cotton kangas…
Unlike the kanga made in Tanzania that always include the name of the manufacturer printed on the bottom, this kanga from India only has a number which is printed on the side of the kanga: