Kangaeru is a series of works produced through cutting out and reconfiguring different patterns of kanga, very traditional textile from East Africa. The patterns in different colors are set free from their traditional arrangements and conventions, and seek out new structures and stories created by the artist, or by participants at workshops held publicly on the street. Once set free, the textiles transform into unique and beautiful patterns. The completed works were worn by street vendors and peddlers in very personal styles as part of an ad hoc fashion show held on a congested main road in Nairobi.

Performed: Kangaeru Street Fashionshow, 2012, Langata Road, Nairobi, Kenya | Photo by James Muriuki
Workshop: Kangaeru, 2012, Korogocho, Nairobi, Kenya
Installation view: Embracing the land: reframing textiles, 2013, Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art KINARE, Niigata, Japan | Photo by Osamu Nakamura