Suriname African Clothing Style – Pangi


Pangi is a piece of cloth that can be worn in many ways and traditionally a pangi always has a meaning. When the man wears it it is referred to as kamisah(kah mee sah)

It can be used for spiritual meaning, for conveying a message, or simply as a fashion statement and or showing your pride in your culture.

Sometimes Surinamese will also generally call a piece of clothing a pangi.

I’m just going to deal with the basic pangi.

Pangi Basics:

Pangi as a skirt with a matching head wrap or as a skirt with matching shoulder wrap:

pangi jurk pangi set

The men wear a kamisa(kah mee sah). Kamisa is same as a pangi but when a male wears it it’s called a kamisa over the shoulder as seen in these examples:

pangi-man1  pangi-man3 pangi-man2

Basic Pangi(Kamisa) Meaning:

The basic meaning of a kamisa when worn over the shoulder is as follows: If you wear it over your left shoulder, covering your heart, it means you are taken, married. If you wear it over your right shoulder it means your heart is open.

The pangis can be very elaborate with ruffles, intricate designs or you can use it very basic.

Here is a demonstration how to wear a pangi as a head wrap:

Mereille is an expert in natural hair care. If you want to learn how to wear your hair natural you can visit her site

Some tourists in Suriname loving the pangi:

touristen pangi

Some random Pangi pictures:

pangi vendor pangi fanci


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