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The piece is based on a kanga, a traditional cloth which is worn by women in the African Great Lakes region. Himid’s kangas are inspired by traditional Swahili sayings, but are invented by Himid herself. This kanga comes from a series which was made during a project at the Whitworth in 2011, where Himid explored the gallery’s East African textile collection alongside her own kanga collection.

Gallery Oldham





acrylic, pencil & magazine clipping on paper


H 74.5 x W 95 cm;
H 20 x W 15.3 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from the Contemporary Art Society, 2016

Work type

Mixed media & collage


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Gallery Oldham

Greaves Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester OL1 1AL England

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