My good friend/ co- worker left for Kenya a few months ago and agreed to bring me back a kanga -- an East African textile I've been obsessed with for awhile. I asked for "something blue and real normal." This is the one she brought back to Philly - it is full of printing mistakes and says in Swahili: "I am a bright light and I don't want any conflict." It references a proverb in which the kanga wearer is confronting others who seem to talk behind her back regarding her life style. She is telling them she is not prepared to yield on their pressure and she'll just continue to live according to her means no matter what they say.
By aylor at 10:37 PM