kanga

April 8, 2013

photography by stephanie

There is something to be said about all of the culturally rich, historically significant items that you can find in Washington, D.C.  I met the very inspiring woman behind Bahari Creations who uses kanga cloth, an artifact of Swahili culture since the mid 19th century, to create these beautifully versatile and impactful tote bags.  The history of the kanga is still evolving, with the addition of Swahili sayings to some of the printed kerchief textiles early this century.  In Tanzania, kangas are made to commemorate social or political events.  Perhaps Washington, D.C., as the political capital of the U.S., is the obvious next place to use them?  Only time will tell ;).

x Kel


Firework print top: Cloud 9 (similar here and here)| Ripped & Cuffed Jeans : Gap 1969 (similar here and here| Kanga print bag : Bahari Creations (online store coming soon) | Black strappy tassled shoes : The Limited 

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  1. It's a lovely colorful look! The denims look pretty awesome!!! :)

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  2. WoW!
    Amazing outfit, amazing pics!!!
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  3. I love the print of that top so much! Great look x E

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