EAST AFRICAN CULTURE & TRADITION
The khanga (Tanzania/Zanzibar) or Leso (Kenya) is a colorful cotton fabric material that is usually worn by women as a covering on its own as the attire or over their day to day wear. It is mainly worn by the Swahilis but now it has spread all over East African and beyond. It can be used to make dresses, cushion covers, scarves, bags, etc
It usually comes in two pieces (attached together) but you cut the middle and the edges.
The khanga usually has intricate designs and prints in the center and a message (ujumbe) at the bottom of one border although a few khangas do not (khanga bubu). The message can be sarcastic, a praise, blessing, thanks, prayer, etc.