Phyllis Ressler, author
The Kanga, a primarily East African cloth, tells a dynamic story of cultural exchange in the Indian Ocean Region. Since the cloth was first produced in the mid 1800's, millions of people across East and Central Africa have treasured this textile for its designs and meaning. The value of the Kanga is closely tied to culture and context and is linked to innumerable life stories. Kanga Stories, is a collection of historic and contemporary information on textile trade, cultural exchange, and history of East Africa. The stories interrogate the significance of this cloth and the photographs provide a documentation of the design, iconography and text over more than 100 years of its production.