Ugandan artist Kibuuka empowers the youth through sustainable Batik
Kibuuka explains that the programme which started on December 10th and is a follow up of a beginners class first held in Mityana early this year, is the advanced stage of the training process that will see all 13 youth in attendance learn to sketch, craft and make different designs.
On successful completion of this stage, these young people will then advance to the Masters stage where they will learn about marketing, patenting and packaging their work for sale. They will also be ready to train fellow youngsters with the acquired skills.
Intricate, colourful, cultural symbols
The youth in this workshop are using local themes to sketch intricate and very colourful designs.
Their patterns depict cultural symbols like drums as well as flora and fauna. They also show traditional artistic patterns as applied on mats and other material cultural items.
Raw creativity is evident in the soft, nearly innocent rendering of colour, design and craftsmanship by these twenty-something youngsters.
“I have not been very keen on art before this experience. Kibuuka’s training has opened my eyes towards new interesting ways of using colour and wax to produce nice art,”- Rashid Nyombi one of the participants.
He is a student at Muteesa I Royal University in Mengo. He said he is going to pursue this further to ensure that he produces marketable products and also teach others.
In recognition for the good work done, an artistic pattern of cultural drums by one of the trainees in this workshop- 21 year old Hassan Yiga- has been selected as the design for a new Busuuti outfit that Nabagereka Sylvia Naginda will wear next year during celebrations to mark 10 years of Kisakaate.
On completing this stint, Kibuuka will prepare for the Masters programme which will teach more advanced modern batik practice.
In an era where Ugandan youth are seeking to add value to their theoretical knowledge, people like David Kibuuka have opened the way to meaningful engagement with their creative selves.