Curated by Sunny Dolat, Tradition(al) seeks to spotlight, unravel, and celebrate the intricate codes and nuances of tradition and the traditional as they manifest and are expressed in fashion across Africa. By exploring the works and practices of various contemporary custodians of tradition across the continent, Tradition(al) draws attention to the diverse spectrum of materials, expressions, silhouettes, and knowledge systems that have, in surviving to this day and age, resisted the oppressions of imperial erasure, thus standing the ultimate test of time. These are continuing their own paths while beginning new life cycles as they and their practitioners embrace, evolve, interrogate or dismantle the ideas of tradition and the traditional in unique ways.

Sunny Dolat is a fashion curator, cultural producer, creative director and co-founder of The Nest Collective. He was a Consultant Researcher for the exhibition Africa Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Introduction Interlocutor Sunny Dolat