BULILIMA DISTRICT ARTISANS IN LOOK AND LEARN VISIT TO AMAGUGU

AIMG_9940magugu International Heritage Centre affiliated artisans had the pleasure of hosting artisans from Bulilima District in a look and learn visit. Basket weavers in Matobo have developed a reputation for producing immaculate products and Bulilima artisans, supported by Hand in Hand, spent the 27th of July 2017 at Amagugu tapping into the knowledge and skills of Matobo weavers. Elaborate discussions were held and ideas exchanged. The inspiration was palpable. The two groups exch

Go small, go beautiful, sell big. Amagugu basket weaving philosophy

Go small, go beautiful, sell big. Amagugu basket weaving philosophy

anged gifts in what symbolised the beginning of long term mutually beneficial collaborative working relations.

WEAVING THROUGH DESIGN OFFICIAL PHOTOS

Following an intense crafts products quality development and utilitarian value enhancement process, we invested in a photo shoot, all in an effort to demonstrate the intersection between fashion and weaving.

The Weaving Through Design exhibition is still showing Weaving through Desigin_Hidden Treasure Weaving through design - Three worlds meet Weaving through design Weaving through design_ Coming fromThe Mountains Weaving Through Design_ Rural Creativity Weaving through design_ The Journey of Collaboration Weaving through design_fashion meets basket weaving Weaving Through Design_Makoti Wooden Bowl Matopos Woven Hat Matoposat the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. Make time and check it out.

Images by KB Mpofu. Models are Sukoluhle Bhebhe, Nonkanyiso Mabaleka and MaNdlovu.

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Blissful Music On The Rocks

Saturday 5 August 2017 will always be a day to remember. We had 155 people successfully completing the mountain climbing challenge. And the reward was worth it. Soulful music courtesy of Sunduza, Drums of Peace, IYASA and Nobuntu. All this with Braain On The Rocks and drinks in abundance.

Nobuntu dish out their melodic voices

Nobuntu dish out their melodic voices

The mountain experience is available on demand. Bring along your friends and family and be a part of this unique and refreshing encounter.

A hearty thank you to Zimbabwe German Society, 10th District Music and IYASA for making this day possible.28

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Weaving Through Design Exhibition Opened

The Weaving Through Design exhibition was officially opened on Thursday 3 August 2017 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo by guest of honour Thoko Ndlovu who is Group Marketing Director at Treger Products.

Weaving Through Design is a collaborative project between Amagugu International Heritage Centre artisans in Matobo and Rudo Nondo, a fashion designer from Harare.

The project brought together women artisans from different villages in Matobo who then constituted teams that worked in a collaborative working environment. Within the teams leaders have emerged and their mandate is to coordinate team members to meet production targets.

As a designer, Rudo Nondo has been challenging and assisting Matobo artisans to produce a new range of contemporary products with a high utilitarian value and also experimented with various traditional weaving methods and incorporated them in contemporary design.

New Basket Design

New Basket Design

Men have equally been a part of the process and have been producing a new range of wood artifacts displayed as part of this exhibition.

The exhibition highlights how the world of fashion design and basket weaving has come together and how the coming together of two worlds has highlighted the power of collaboration and has allowed the use of traditional weaving skills to make contemporary products.

The Weaving Through Design project has promoted the ethos of intergenerational transmission of traditional craft skills. Elderly women and men have been working with young artisans to facilitate sharing of knowledge and skills in craftsmanship.

Guest admires a dress partly made from a beer strainer

Guest admires a dress partly made from a beer strainer

From an initial 15 artisans at project inception in May 2017, the Weaving Through Design initiative now has a network of 35 active women whose work is displayed here.

A hearty thank you to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe for hosting the exhibition.

The exhibition will run until mid August. Make time and check it out.

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Milking a Cow at the Matobo Heritage Festival

Of the many activities happening under the banner of the Matobo Heritage Festival milking a cow has proved to be one of the most fascinating experiences. Pictures show Dominican Convent High School girl milking a cow – well, let’s say attempting to milk a cow…. 🙂 See the difference with how the other man does it? Ultimately we all learn by doing!

Dominican Convent girl milks a cow

Dominican Convent girl milks a cow

Experienced man shows students how to milk a cow

Experienced man shows students how to milk a cow

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Music On The Rocks

The Matobo Heritage Festival presents a never to forget music, dance and drumming experience in the Matobo Hills.

Venue: Amagugu International Heritage Centre (60km along Bulawayo – Kezi road)
Date: 5 August 2017
Time: 12 noon – 6pm
Entry fee: $5

Performances by IYASA, Djembe Monks, Drums of Peace, Nobuntu and Sunduza Dance Theatre.

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Music On The Rocks

Music On The Rocks

Sunday News Profiles Matobo Heritage Festival

We share this story below that was published on 23 July 2017 in the Sunday News:

Bhekumuzi Ncube, Sunday Life Reporter
THE Amagugu International Heritage Centre (AIHC) will host the Matopo Festival on 31 July.

The festival will include traditional dances, music and games under the theme of enhancing awareness of indigenous cultural heritage.

The programmes manager of the centre, Butholezwe Kgosi Nyathi, said the festival is aimed at educating students from schools and tertiary institutions about African heritage.

“The festival is designed primarily for institutions of learning. The desire is to be an educational festival, and we want to be responsive to the demands of the new education curriculum. We are rural based enterprises and our aim is to promote rural based talents and preserve various cultural heritage elements in Matopo, which have been marginalised by contemporary setups which undermine the importance of traditional culture,” he said.

Nyathi added that there will be an opportunity to visit the Njelele shrine keeper who will give information about the mysterious shrine in Zimbabwe where ordinary people are forbidden to enter.

“The festival will not violate the restrictions of the Njelele shrine but will create an opportunity for people to interact with the keeper of the shrine. The custodian of the shrine will define and describe the symbolism of every feature of the Njelele shrine,” he added.

Nyathi said from 31 July to 4 August the festival will concentrate on the standard programming activities namely traditional court simulation, folktales, storytelling, craft exhibitions, mountain climbing, nature walk, village walk, eco-fashion exhibition and braai on the rocks.

“On the opening day of the ceremony, craft exhibition will feature a new range of basketry products by Matopo artisans following an intensive design and production mentorship support programme. On 3 August there will be a weaving activity that will be held in Bulawayo at the National Art Gallery which will be the only programme held outside Bulawayo,” said Nyathi.

Nyathi urged people from Bulawayo and Matopo to come and witness the participation of Matopo artistes and villagers demonstrating their talents in traditional music and dance.

“People should come and witness a unique festival that will be backed by cultural artistes. On 5 August we will invite contemporary groups such as the Djembe monks and Drums of peace to perform. We also have Nobuntu performing alongside Sunduza in a collaborative Imbube act,” he added.

Thank you Sunday News

Thank you Sunday News

Weaving Through Design Exhibition Opening

This is it! After a series of design and production workshops coupled with mentorship support we are delighted to present the Weaving Through Design exhibition.

Join us at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Thursday 3 August 2017 at 1730hrs.

Matobo artisans present a new range of basketry and wood artifacts inspired by Rudo Nondo designs.

Exhibition features pictures of some of the products by KB Mpofu.

We express profound gratitude to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo for partnering with us in this venture. A hearty thank you also goes to Suqea for sponsoring make up for the model showcasing an ethnic dress on the evening.

Weaving Through Design Exhibition Opening

Weaving Through Design Exhibition Opening

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