Elly Arthur Niwatuhereza
Elly Niwatuhureza is a weaver and crafts man who works with non-biodegradable synthetic waste. Niwatuhereza was born in 1982 in Kabale district in southwestern Uganda. He studied at Kyambogo University from 2003 to 2011 where he obtained his Diploma in Textile Design and a Bachelors of Industrial Art and Design. He won a scholarship to Oslo and Akershus University College in Norway. After graduating Niwatuhereza returned to Uganda and started teaching textile design in both weaving and fabric decoration in Kyambogo and Kampala Universities as a teaching assistant.
He works alongside a collective of students to recycle used hair braids and football shirts into traditional objects. The social aspect of communally and collectively weaving tapestries is also as vital as the objects themselves. Through this process his team is able to discuss interpretations of proverbs as well as develop new motifs to be used for the next generation. Elly is known for his contemporary wall hanging weaves made of artificial hair, copper wire and t-shirt off cuts. He colors the off cuts with dyes and sometimes bleaches them to attain different tints of a given color. He uses all these to tell different stories about the Bakiga tribe of Kabale and the challenges women face in daily life.