KHANGA KIMONO

I started this heritage project while spending 3 months in Tanzania with my Grandma. I felt very inspired by the Khanga, unless you understand Swahili, it’s easy to miss the clever and charming majina (names) or the methali (proverbs) inscribed at the bottom of each Khanga cloth. It is the message that makes the Khanga unique and differentiates it from other vibrant textiles like the Kitenge (made using batik technique) or Kikoy (pashmina style). To make Khanga Kimono - part of production is made in Tanzania with local production houses in Magomeni, the other half of production is made in-house London.

MANGOES - MSO HILI ANA LILE

I love mangoes and ate many while in Tanzania.
MSO HILI ANA LILE means:
"A person might not have this but you will have that."
In life there is always something else.
100% Printed cotton. Handwash as first wash.

FLOWERS - KILA JAMBO JEMA HUTOKA KWA MUNGU

Wear your heart on your kimono sleeve with this lush print .
KILA JAMBO JEMA HUTOKA KWA MUNGU means "All good things come from God.
"100% Printed cotton. Handwash as first wash.
This bold polka dots print has an intricate border design.
BORA UTU KULIKO KITU means "Good character/personality is more important than material wealth."

Team Credits

Zahra Swanzy

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  • Kimono
  • media
  • Fashion
  • Khanga
  • ethical
  • charity
  • Independant
  • clothing