African Kanga, a fabric, adding a touch of class to fashion

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African Kanga, a fabric so sincere, the world cannot help but embrace.

The kanga (or khanga) which comes from the old Bantu (Kiswahili) verb ku-kanga to wrap or close, is a colorful garment worn by women and occasionally by men throughout Eastern Africa.

It is a piece of printed cotton fabric, about 1.5m by 1m, often with a border along all four sides (called pindo in Swahili), and a central part (mji) which differs in design from the borders. Kangas are usually very colorful. Kanga is predominantly used in Kenya and Tanzania.

Tanzanian, Christine Mhando, is a London based designer of Chichia London. Sticking to her roots, the collections are produced in Tanzania. Her work oozes elegance, and is affordable. She is surely unveiling the hidden potential of Africa. Chichia London

Chichia London oozes elegance.

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SUNO is another fashion brand that embraces the Kanga. The minds behind SUNO, are Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty.

Max, in particular, was inspired when he went to Kenya, and collected the Kanga, introducing the brand in 2009, and assimilating the Kanga into his fashion exploits.

SUNO has grown over the last couple of years, celebrities like Esperanza Spalding, Heidi Klum, Rihanna, and Michelle Obama, have all dazzled in SUNO attire.

Kanga Collection by SUNO

SUNO has opened the doors for other fashion designers, to assimilate African fabric in their work. This is an indicator that Africa has a lot to offer the world.

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