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Arts And Crafts
Take part of Uganda's culture with you. Uganda's art and craft portrays different cultures from the ancient times, has a wide range array of handicraft products, ranging from basketry, decorative wall mats, ceramics and pottery, beads, hand textiles, amulets, woven products like jewelry(from animal teeth), arm and leg ornaments, head dresses, toys, and leather products like bag, curved wooden products and Some of Uganda's arts and crafts are actually the musical instruments such as drums, thumb pianos, stopped clay and reed pipes, containers, face masks, lyre, fiddles and rattles among others. These items are produced in all regions and are sold everywhere, supermarkets, hotels, even roadside vendors. Their raw materials are tribal ornaments in limited edition based on culture, history and traditions like beads, stones, animal teeth, animal bones, feathers, wood, kaolin white clay, precious metals, human hair, grease clay, ivory, grass and palm leaves, papyrus fibers, millet, cow dung and many others. None of these materials is imported into the country.
Handicrafts are a cultural tradition and predominantly a cottage industry, practiced by the rural youth of both gender, but mainly by women in the country, in order to supplement their incomes. The production of handicraft, however, has seen an upswing as a new industrial branch and it is perceived as a potential business for a sustainable family income to supplement the subsistence farming, thus making modern art more and more attractive for artists, traders and in the end for export.
The bark cloth
The bark cloth is made through tree striping, boiling and pounding it. The final result is reddish in color.
Making of bark cloth in Uganda is historically part of culture for centuries; the bark cloth is more than a souvenir. It's a sacred fiber that defines the spirit of most kingdoms in Uganda. This has remained a ceremonial dress for the royalty used in the coronation and burial. The international education scientific and culture organization (UNESCO) named the process of making the bark cloth among the world's collective heritage.
There are several art galleries in Uganda, most common being Margret trowel school of industrial art famous for paintings and sculptures done by very talented students as well as instructors (this is the most interesting gallery in Uganda) this is also where the 1970 art exhibitions were held, followed by Nommo gallery located near the presidential lodge others are Tulfanya near radio Uganda. Itâ€™s better to visit every gallery because they have different art pieces. The contemporary art of Uganda has been perceived as an international movement of Africa.