Mohamed Awale makes backpacks, bags and accessories from up-cycled materials and locally sourced African fabrics. Their source and inspiration: Gikomba, the largest open air flea market in East Africa. Where clothes are brought to seek new life, or end up in a landfill. They don’t like landfills. Sorting Process. What goes where? Denim is always their first choice but they are constantly experimenting with an array of fabrics. From silk shirts to leather jackets, if it’s interesting enough, they'll definitely find a use for it. Preparation, Ripping and Cutting. The destruction before rebuilding: This involves lots of cutting, ripping and tearing apart. The aim is to creatively get the most out of the former (article of clothing).