The textile collection at Iwalewahaus holds around 700 items acquired over 40 years. Despite the impressive number only few exhibitions were dedicated exclusively to textiles and fashion. Perhaps the reason for such negligence is the ambiguous position textiles occupy art history a position between art and craft. African textiles have been rarely considered for their aesthetic qualities. In tandem, they usually become illustrations of their cultural settings rather than objects with inherent value.This part of the exhibition juxtaposes works signed by Nike Olaniyi-Davies Sangodare, Ademola Onibonokuta and Rotimi Togbe and anonymous artists to show the creative energy and adaptiveness of the continent. Some of these works have not been presented to the public in a long time or have never once. In the room textiles and garments are displayed as in a street market. A metaphor for the global trade narrative that have shaped African textile art over the centuries. We remember textiles live off the energy of the street in the skilled hands of those who, wrap, drape, dress and stage them.