Round Rwandan Folk Art Imigongo Wall Hanging

Round Rwandan Folk Art Imigongo Wall Hanging


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Cow dung, ash and clay, wooden base plate



This product is made by a cooperative of Mens and Womens from Kirehe, the practice of decorating with cow dung was invented in the late 18th or early 19th century by Prince Kakira, the son of King Kimenyi of Gisaka in the eastern of Rwanda. Mixing cow dung, a readily available medium, with ash and clay, Prince Kakira adorned the dull walls of his hut with the paste-like compound. He then taught local women his method, and they passed it on through the generations. The process of making it starts with a wooden base plate that can range in size then sketches geometric patterns—zigzags, spirals, diamonds, or squares—onto the plate with charcoal after we apply a mixture of fresh cow dung and ash, which kills bacteria and odor. We paste by hand and painstakingly traces the desired pattern with the fingers, It takes the work about a day to air dry, and then it’s sanded for smoothness and covered in a neutral base coat of ochre to ensure that the rest of the colors will show up in uniform hues.


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