The Power of the Pangi

Updated: Nov 14, 2020

To the naked eye, the Pangi looks like a basic cotton wrap skirt. However, it is more than that, it is a way of life and connection to African Ancestry. Traditionally, Pangis were worn by Maroon women (free Africans who escaped in the interior of Suriname) and was brought to the cities of Suriname by these women.

Pangis can be simple or complex and tell a story about the wearer. Madras is a common fabric pattern used for Pangis. However, they can be adorned with embroidery or hand paintings. Maroon women typically adorn their Pangis with Tembe art form unique to Maroon culture.

Madras Pangi:

Embroidered Pangi:

Tembe Design:

Image: E’Tembe Art Gallery (Facebook)

Special Edition 1768-1968 Bicentennial Pangi:

Image: (Store AliceBlueGownVintage)

Years ago, local fabric shops would print special edition Pangis, which held political and celebratory meanings. Women in Suriname frequently collect Pangis and even pass them onto their daughters upon their passing. They're worn at special events such as birthdays, weddings, and even for spiritual rituals.

Photographer: Gernoartpix

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