Lamu, Kenya’s oldest living town, was one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa.
The town was first attested in writing by Arab travellers during 15th century. During this period, Lamu became a center of poetry, politics, arts and crafts as well as the trade. Lamu’s unique stone townhouses, are celebrated for their intricately carved wooden front doors. During my last trip to Lamu, 2009, these beautiful doors inspired me greatly: the very thing I did was reproducing partially the ancient wooden carved patterns, by laying a sheet of paper over them, rubbing by a soft pencil. I spent two months wandering along Lamu narrow and shady alleys doing the job, until I got 20 large drawings. It was an interesting experience for me. This video is about that.
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