To celebrate Easter this month, my intercultural church has decided to wear our "garments of praise"... aka, traditional clothing from around the world!
As a pastor, I not only represent my own culture, but I represent the cultures of people in our church, too. The other pastors and I make it a point to wear clothing from lots of countries on such occasions in an effort to show support and appreciation for each of the cultures in our group.
Last Saturday evening it was my turn to preach, and this is the outfit I wore. The skirt is a khanga from Tanzania that my mother gave me. These khanga (or "kanga") skirts are made out of rectangular panels of fabric. While this one is someday destined to become a dress or something, I wore it traditionally wrapped and tied for this occasion.
An especially awesome part of khanga design is the proverb included in the design. This Swahili saying, mungu ni mwema kwa watu wake, means "God is good to His people." What a perfect khanga for church, right?!
(This is how Pentecostal preachers stand. HA!)
My necklace is one of my favorite pieces, and my mother made it of beads from around the world. The largest bead is an antique Indian piece, and the other beads are from Thailand, Egypt, and other places. I love the colors of the lapis lazuli, and you all know how much I love chunky jewelry! More is definitely more.
I topped it all with a turban. I used a bandana as an "anchor" then wrapped a sheer black rectangle scarf on top with a twist on top. I secured it with a couple straight pins, though it probably didn't need it. The tight twist was very secure.
I have a couple other posts about khanga skirts/fabric if you'd like to learn more! They're some of my favorite fabrics in the world!
turtleneck: Charlotte Russe?
necklace: gifted, made by my mother
What are your thoughts? Do you like the khanga fabric pattern? Do you have much experience with East African fabrics or outfits?