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unknown Kenyan
Kenyan Primary

Akala (Tire Sandals)

Likely 2000 - 2004
Tire rubber and metal tacks

11 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in. x 4 in. (29.21 cm x 11.43 cm x 10.16 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2005.7.6
Geography: Africa, Kenya, Narok County, Lake Victoria Region
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing; Footwear
Culture/Nationality: Maasai, Kenyan, East African, African
Collection: Hawkins Collection

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  • adaptive reuse - The conversion of outmoded or unused things, often things having historic value, to new uses or application in new contexts. Examples include reuse of buildings, objects, software, etc.
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • East African - Styles and cultures of the eastern area of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, that together with the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia) make up Eastern Africa.
  • footwear - Coverings for the feet that sometimes extend above the ankle; generally made of durable materials. Distinguished from "hosiery," which is primarily leg coverings.
  • Kenyan - Style and culture of Kenya.
  • Maasai
  • recycling - Recovery and reuse of materials and energy from waste.
  • sandals - Shoes consisting essentially of a sole fastened to the foot by straps, strips, or cords.
  • shoes - Footwear with a relatively stiff sole and heel, and generally covering the foot at or below the ankle joint.
  • tires - Rubber cushions, usually filled with compressed air, which fit around the wheels of a vehicle.

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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Akala: Kenyan Tread Art Kirsten Hawkins , Jan 1, 2005 – Jun 1, 2005

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