Imported printed cotton handkerchiefs largely from India. They became popular in Zanzibar centuries ago. Ladies sewed the cotton squares into one big piece leaving only a slit for the eyes. This style, called leso, spread rapidly to Madagascar, Comoros and the East African coast. Later khanga bore slogan s which give a message to the reader.The name 'khanga" means guinea fowl in Swahili referring to the spots found on the borders of the original design.