Mozambican Capulanas: Tracing histories and memories

Signe Arnfred, Maria Paula Meneses

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The capulana identifies Mozambican women in various ways. It is a piece of colorfully printed cotton material, usually 1,7 m by 1 m; it is wide enough to cover a woman comfortably. The brightly coloured cloth brings colour to the countryside's monotonous landscapes as well as to the streets of the towns. Capulanas often feature a strong central design or theme; others ude them as a skirt/a wrapper, or sometimes as a shawl, or as a veil over heads and shoulders (in muslim areas of northern Mozambique); some use them as a sling for carrying babies, or to wrap and carry their belongings. This versatility and usefulness explain the popularity of capulanas throughout the country.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMozambique on the Move : Challenges and Reflections
EditorsSheila Pereira Khan, Maria Paula Meneses, Bjørn Enge Bertelsen
Number of pages25
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9789004376885
ISBN (Electronic)978900431100
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesAfrican-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies

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