Uganda’s Art & craft

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Part of culture in Uganda is Art & craft, people`s traditions are the lead source of inspiration to craft development. People`s feelings as they respond to various events of history as well as their environments influence Art & crafts spontaneously. Constant practice of artistic skills and knowledge creates beautiful Art and Craft works and these are a source of employment in Uganda since traditional time.

Craftsmanship skills and inventiveness are a hereditary passed on from generation to generation. Uganda`s crafts basketry, black smith Iron works, woodcarvings, back cloth, woven cloths and mats and stools just to mention but a few.

Uganda`s crafts portray immense ethnic background and setting, one can make a distinction between crafts made from different traditional societies but also similarities among various crafts from the different Uganda`s ethnic groups. The unique traditional cultural practices in the various ethnic groups account for the differences seen on the different crafts.

Ethnologists allege that some crafts like the multi-headed spears are somehow connected to traditional rituals or ceremonies, or magical-religious practices. In the same line are the multi-mouthed pots that were commonly used to give the victims of the Kabaka’s (King`s) wrath poisoned beer. Among the Luo, Bagwele and the Basamya, the two mouthed pot is used in some rituals, like the birth of twins and initiating them.