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Sunny Dolat presents Nanga: Future Textile Heritages

On June 2nd, Sunny Dolat presented his multifaceted project 'Nanga: Future Textile Heritages'. Watch the presentation on Stroom's Youtube channel:



What does the lack of a textile heritage mean for a people? Does Kenya have a truly indigenous textile? The Maasai shuka, can be traced back to Scottish (tartan), the khanga to the Portuguese (lenço) and the kikoy to the Omani.
 
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'Nanga' explores textiles as a tether, through which a people are anchored in their cultural heritage. In interrogating Kenya's textile history, Dolat explores the connection between the country's textile history and their identity crisis. The project looks at traditional African textile histories and material cultures as a base, with the ambition of developing ritual textiles and motif templates to create new Kenyan and African prints on sustainable textiles.
 
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He spoke live on Zoom (June 2nd, 2021) in conversation with Ludmila Rodrigues, who hosted The Nest Collective at Stroom Den Haag.

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