Taita beadwork was all but extinct before Patricia Mbela came across a piece in the stores of the Nairobi National Museum. She had never seen the traditional beaded garments of her people, and this moment catalysed her reclamation of her ancestral inheritance. Phoenix, created especially for Tradition(al), evokes the mythical bird in colour and flamboyance, and reflects the Taita tradition rising from the ashes in Patricia’s hands.