Capulana vs Tartan vs “tabaqueiro” :uma analogia com sentido ?

No livro “Capulanas e Lenços” (2004:81), a estilista Mêmê, faz referencia que , na era dos anos  70 ficou fascinada com o kilt de capulana., salientando ainda que “a capulana dos quadrados era uma óptima replica do tartan”. Esta leitura levou-me a reflectir na relação entre os três panos em questão: o  tartan, o lenço … Continue reading

capulana dressed by men

Capulana is mostly defined as a women garment. But  men also wear capulana. I selected some images where this fact is significant to add a great contribute to capulana history. Races of men . 1880                 worker- from Mozambique coast_1902                 … Continue reading

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

African Textiles : Q.uestioning?

Why Capulana is a Mozambican textile , if capulana origins were not mozambican?One thing I believe is not the origin of the fabric that designates is capacity to become ‘African’ but the way an object is used and integrated into a local context. So Capulana is Mozambican in  a Wittegensteinian sense “the use is its … Continue reading

Cosmopolitan capulana

                    Capulana is history, and is modern, is ritual, and  sign. but also a fashionable item. In center Maputo, “Mamanas” (typical Mozambican name for a woman with a capulana) cohabit in the same time and space with the social advance and modern development . It is usual to … Continue reading

Tradition and modernity

                  Homi Babha highlights that colliding cultures can built interstices and a liminal space “which gives rise to something different, something new and unrecognizable. A new area of negotiation about  meaning and representation”. Capulana derives from the interception of three different protagonists Europe, Asia and India. Nowadays … Continue reading

Maputo Nowadays

Camões and the capulana

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.) Os Lusíadas de Luiz vaz de Camões,1572