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The Recitation Thomas Wilmer Dewing, 1891
FASHION IN 19THCENTURY ZANZIBAR, the Paris of the Swahili Coast
Sunday, March 30, 2014
FASHION IN 19TH CENTURY ZANZIBAR,
the Paris of the Swahili Coast
Professor Emerita, Emory University
Sunday, March 30, 2 p.m.
In 1880, when Britain abolished slavery in Zanzibar, forced laborers were freed from
the clove plantation, which initiated a revolution in dress. This lecture examines how concubines, previously high-status slaves, led the way in developing new fashions, like the kanga cloth, to express their identities as free women and to loosen the tight strictures formerly imposed upon elite Zanzibari women.
Sponsored by Friends of African and African American Art