Kanga (or Khanga) is from the old Bantu (Kiswahili) verb ku-kanga, meaning "to wrap or close". Kanga fabric is worn by women and occasionally by men throughout the African Great Lakes region. More than a piece of clothing, Kanga fabric symbolizes expressions in Swahili. Some Kanga fabrics are printed with words of wisdom, blessings, good fortune, friendship and encouragement. Kanga is ideal for many purposes including gifts, dresses, head wraps, baby carrier, home décor, shirts, and crafts, to name a few.