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Four brand new designs in the Mali ya Mwana brand have been released. The names which are available are as follows;

 

 

1.  SUBIRISHA  MOYO  WAKO  Make your heart patient.

2.  TAHADHARI  NA  DUNIA  Be careful with the way of the world.

3.  KUOMBEANA  MEMA  NI  BARAKA  To pray for good is a blessing. 

4.  NIMEMPATA  MWENYE  KUNIRIDHISHA  I have found who makes me happy.

 

Kikoys, especially the shuka micha and khitambhi type are now available. These are used by the Kenyan coastal comunities for their occasions and functions. Kikoy's in brand new colours now available. Proud to be a Kenyan kikoy also available. The popular java mswala kitenge design is also back. Available in more than ten colours. Embroidered kikoy shirts also available in different sizes. Mardoof (sail cloth) avaiable in 29", 33" and 66". A multi purpose heavy duty material for sail making and furnishing.

 

 

Add a bit of colour to your life. Mali Ya Abdulla khanga's can be converted into curtains, car seat covers, table cloths' and into many more items.Try it to brighten up your surroundings.

What is Khanga?

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How would one describe a Khanga or a leso? Different people see a Khanga from different viewpoints. Let us first examine the leso from our viewpoint.

The leso is a rectangular piece of material made of pure cotton. It measures approximately 150 x 110 cm, and is wide enough to cover a person from the neck to knees or from breast to toe. All lesos have fairly broad borders (pindo) all around and are printed in bold designs and bright colours. Lesos are bought in pairs - a pair is known as a gora - and are most attractive and useful as a pair. A gora of lesos is joined along the width of the fabric when bought. The buyer then cuts along the width and hems each of the two pieces of lesos to prevent fraying of the sides of the fabric. The leso is also known as the Khanga - the names are interchangeable.

The name Khanga (also spelt as Kanga) appears to have been coined in the late 1800s. Apparently early designs of lesos had a pattern of white spots on a dark background and it very much resembled the Guinea Fowl, called Khanga in Kiswahili. Another version has it that when women wearing the colorful fabric clustered in groups and chattered in the evening breeze of the Zanzibar sea-shore, men were quick enough to compare them to East Africa's boisterous Guinea Fowls or Khangas with their colourful spotted plumage.

Something very unique about lesos is that they all have a proverb or a saying imprinted on them. As a garment, therefore, the leso can be said to be culturally loaded because of the adage it bears. The messages in the lesos quite often carry a lot of wisdom and thought hence they convey a profound meaning both to the wearer and the viewer. One of the most commonly asked question is, "Where do we get the slogans from, that are printed on the lessos." Most of the time, it is the general public who offer these slogans. Every slogan is recoded and stored in our files. Sometimes a slogan is created to suit a certain occasion.

Lesos will definitely go down in the annals of the history as a fashion statement of the ladies of East Africa from mid nineteenth century to the present day.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 October 2011 11:31 )  

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KADERDINA HAJEE ESSAK LTD.(Estd. 1887)
BIASHARA STREET, P.O BOX 80295 MOMBASA-KENYA
Tel: +254 41 2223159 / 2221587,
Fax: +254 41 2315174
Mob: +254 727 600544 / 735 600544
Email: khangakhe@khanga-kikoy.com        

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Our physical location is on Biashara Street, popularly known as "Bara Bara ya lesso." Ask any one on this street for " Abdulla Lesso," as we are popularly known and members of the public will gladly show you where it is located.
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