Ten Lesos (Kangas) from Mozambique

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Lesos, or kangas, are popular garments worn by women, and sometimes men, in East Africa. These can be utilized in numerous creative ways, although most are traditionally worn as dresses. Kanga designs have evolved over the years, from simple spots and borders to a huge variety of elaborate and colorful patterns.

Although most kangas tend to be decorative, due to the simplicity in wearing, kangas can be utilized in political gatherings as a form of identity for people supporting a particular political party. These lesos are great examples of the use of these garments for political affiliations.

This set is from the estate of Sharon P. Wilkinson, former United States Ambassador to Mozambique from 2000-2003.

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