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Kitenge Design with Tie-Dye Print

2019
Cotton fiber

43 x 70 in. (109.22 x 177.8 cm)
Bryn Mawr College Purchase

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2019.6.35.4
Geography: Africa, Kenya, Mombasa
Classification: Clothing and Adornments
Culture/Nationality: Kenyan, East African, African

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  • East African - Styles and cultures of the eastern area of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, that together with the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia) make up Eastern Africa.
  • tie-dyeing - A mode of dyeing in which the cloth is tied in different places, to prevent the parts from receiving the dye. It is done by hand create colored patterns in the fabric by gathering together many small portions of material and tying them tightly with string before immersing the cloth in the dyebath. The dye fails to penetrate the tied sections. After drying, the fabric is untied to reveal irregular circles, dots, stripes, or other shapes. Varicoloured patterns may be produced by repeated tying and dipping in additional colours. This hand method, common in India and Indonesia, has been adapted to machines.

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  • John Gillow, African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2016), 174-175.

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