Kanga Made in Japan: The Flow from the Eastern to the Western End of the Indian Ocean World

  • Hideaki Suzuki
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Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)

Abstract

This chapter explores Japanese printed cotton cloth (kanga) production and distribution along the East African coast in the twentieth century. Using interviews, private documents, newspapers and contemporary reports, the chapter shows the history of Japanese kanga from their origin in the context of Japanese modernization, as well as global circumstances. This link between Japan and East Africa was not direct; rather, it has connected through various actors around the Indian Ocean, such as Dutch Batik manufacturers, European companies located in South East Asia, Sindi merchants in Kobe, and so on. The links were only possible through these actors.

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  • Hideaki Suzuki
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  1. 1.Nagasaki UniversityNagasakiJapan

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