In April 2021 we held a collaborative intensive workshop called ‘Bark-cloth in Uganda – Natural Sourced Textile: History, Background, Production and Technique’, between the textile Department at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat-Gan and the Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Fine Art at Makerere University Kampala. The workshop includes theoretical lectures, demonstrations, online field visits and hands-on workshop for students from the textile design department in Shenkar and from CEDAT Makerere. The unique workshop is led by Dr Venny Nakazibwe, deputy-principal at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, Makerere University Kampala. Dr Nakazibwe is a leading expert and researcher on bark-cloth, and will be assisted by Doreen Namatovu, Esther Ndagire Kavuma and Angella Babirye. The Shenkar team led by head of Textile Design Dept Hadass Himmelschein, and includes Yuval Etzioni and Shira Soval. As part of the study materials for the workshop, a short documentary on the production of bark cloth in Uganda, was produced by Doreen Namatovu.
Bark Cloth Production in Uganda
A film by Doreen Namatovu
The African Studies Gallery
Videographer – Segawa John
Editor – Feni Desmond
Narrator – Davis Nganzi
Thank you to:
Dr. Venny Nakazibwe – for her guidance.
Mr. Bukenya Katamiila, Mr. Ssamula Peter and Luwemba Anolysious – for sharing the process of barkcloth making.
Mrs. Mandy Manzzi – from who I adopted the tree.
Mr. Fred Mutebi – For his coordination and guidance.
The film production was done as part of a collaborative workshop between Makerere University and Shenkar College.
This documentary was generously supported by the African Studies Gallery