Nov 10, 2015

Arts and Crafts in Rwanda

written by muka

A wide range of traditional handicrafts is produced in rural Rwanda, ranging from ceramics and basketry to traditional woodcarvings and contemporary paintings.

World famous , locally handmade, Agaseke basket

World famous , locally handmade, Agaseke basket

Rwanda’s traditional Agaseke baskets have become famous the world over and a visit to Gahaya Links Gifted Hands centre will allow any guest to witness the weaving of these baskets first hand and purchase the high quality baskets directly from the centre. A good selection of painted and handcrafted artefacts can be viewed in craft villages, shops and numerous art galleries in Kigali.

Excellent places to peruse and purchase modern art work in Kigali are CAPLAKI Craft Village, Ivuka Arts, Inganzo Gallery, African Gift Corner, Ishyo Cultural Centre, ATRAC Craft Village and Uburanga Art Studio to name a few.

Painting by contemporary Rwandan artist Bushayija

Painting by contemporary Rwandan artist Bushayija

A distinctively Rwandan craft is the Imigongo or cow dung paintings that are produced by a local co-operative in the village of Nyakarambi near the Rusumo Falls border with Tanzania. Dominated by black, brown and white whorls and other geometric abstractions, these unique and earthy works can be bought in Kigali, but it’s worth diverting to the source to see how the paintings are reflected in local house decorations.

Artisans teach kids how to make traditional Rwandan crafts

Artisans teach kids how to make traditional Rwandan crafts

If you are interested in meeting local artists, learn how to weave a basket (agaseke) or would like to purchase some of the art and crafts , follow the link

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