Over the past 100 years, khanga has evolved to become one of the central fabrics in the lives of East Africans. It carries memories and stories of the social, political, and economic life of the people of East Africa. Khanga emerged in the mid-19th century and its existence is linked to interactions between the East African coast and the wider world via the Indian Ocean. These interactions predate colonial occupation and can be traced back through maritime trade.
HUMBODT LAB TANZANIA
"We were to be dealing with a set of objects that were well over 100 years old since their last intended usage and significantly, these objects were no longer in Tanzania but thousands of miles away in the bowels of State Museums Berlin's Ethnologisches Museum and until only recently "rediscovered""