A weave of patterns, flowing fabric and colour. A mysterious woman demands our attention, strutting in peacock-like parade. She walks, back and forth waving a vibrant piece of cloth, like a flag over newly-reclaimed territories.

Graphically echoed in kaleidoscopic multitudes, a narrator praises the woven orator that clothes our bodies, and speaks for us, before we arrive. Clothing has played the silent role that defines how the world has seen us, for centuries.

Fabric; recreated, redefined and re-inhabited as modern African Fashion (re)iterates secrets untold.

This is, Mtindo.

Mtindo is a celebration of the vibrancy of movement, the ebb and flow of modern African grace, a cohesion with the beauty of pattern making.

  • Ng'endo Mukii
  • Ng'endo Mukii
  • Fashion Africa 254
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Dance, Poetry
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2016
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Director Biography - Ng'endo Mukii

Ng'endo Mukii is an award-winning film director, most well known for ‘Yellow Fever,’
her documentary-animation exploring Western influences on African women's ideals of
Her work focuses on relationships, the separation between perception and reality, and
the use of moving image to represent unspoken truths. At the prestigious Design Indaba
conference (2015), she presented her talk, ‘Film Taxidermy and Re-Animation,’
proposing the use of animation as a means of re-humanizing the ‘indigenous’ image.
Ng’endo is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (‘06), and holds a Master
of Arts in Animation from the Royal College of Art (‘12). She is a Berlinale Talents
Alumni (’14, ’15) and works in Nairobi as an independent filmmaker.

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