The study and application of Ankole tradition artifacts and motifs in product development for small scale weaving industries in Uganda.
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This creative project is composed of several chapters that is Introduction. Literature Review, Methodology, Analysis of results, Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations. The research topic for this project was." The study and application of Ankole traditional artifacts arid motifs for Product Development in Srnall-scale weaving industries in Uganda'. The project aimed at studying Ankole traditional artifacts and motifs as an inspiration for design, exploring available materials, tools and to produce soft furnishing items, inspired by the above traditional artifacts and motifs. Data relating to design and design inspiration, material culture, product design and fordevelopment was reviewed and discussed in relation to this project. Data was collected in Bushenyi and Mbarara districts in western Uganda and these districts were purposively selected for the research. The tools used for collectinb data were observation and photography, interviews, and library search. The data collected was interpreted into meaningful ideas suitable for production in weaving. Studio work was divided into three sessions namely; preparation, experimentation and production phases where all the proposed number of items were produced. The Ankole traditional artifacts according to this study were divided into five categories namely basketry, pottery, wooden items, textiles, and architecture. These categories guided the researcher into producing a variety of products for her exhibition. A total number of twenty items as proposed were woven. The researcher considers this project a success because she has been able to demonstrate that product diversity can be created through proper utilization of material culture for design. The researcher recommends that a deeper study be conducted on how to preserve indigenous crafts materials. Craft items be preserved and collected for study -purposes starting at district levels.
- MST-Fine Art