Here is a video I’ve made with D. Rosa, a woman from Ilha de Mozambique. She came in Lisbon last July, and I made her some interview about the way capulana is used by most women in Mozambique Island and Maputo.     Advertisements

Slave’s fashions around 1900’s

Slaves from Zanzibar ,1868. Drawing by Churchill. Clothing reinforced categorized and rationed according the social condition . Poor people and slaves were not allowed to wear patterns or ornamented clothes, as Fair (2004:14) describes “Slaves in nineteenth-century Zanzibar typically wore only the slightest of clothes, which were usually made of the rudest and cheapest white … Continue reading

Zanzibar’s fashion, 1900-1910

                                      Wealthy people, in the Swahili coastal regions , as Sultans, local elites and some Indian Merchants, wore a rich mixture of hand-woven textiles with imported stuff, velvet, veils, silver masks, caps, embroidery and silken turbans (Ross, … Continue reading

how Camões described East Africa Coast inhabitants , 1575

Of cotton cloths were dressed; Of various colors, white and striped; Some bring itself girded round about; Other mode drafty under his arm;  From the waist up are naked; For the weapons are machetes shields; With caps on the head, and sailing Anafis playing.) Lusíadas . Luiz de Camões,1572