Artistic changes in the development of the Catholic Church vestment in the archdiocese of Nairobi Kenya
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The rich history of the Catholic Church vestment in Kenya is likely to be lost if it is not documented as most faithful do not know the origins, changes or significance of the vestments. Thus, Christians may not appreciate the artwork in the vestments that symbolize the historical background of the Catholic Church. The general objective of this research was to identify and establish the symbolism of designs, colours, and form attached to the Kenyan Catholic church vestments from 1950 to date. The study adopted both quantitative and qualitative research approaches and employed a descriptive survey study research design to assess catholic vestments in Kenya. The target population of this study was 288 vestments of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi. Simple random sample and purposive sampling methods were used to arrive at the representative sample. The data was collected through primary and secondary methods of data collection. The data was analyzed qualitatively by observation of the changes over the period according to themes derived from the objectives. The findings of this study showed that there have been changes in the vestment design over the period. These were changes in design, colour, form, and new methods of adorning the vestments. From this research the researcher proposes a further study to be done in other regions and on specific communities, and that the trained artists should partner with the vestment designers to maintain high quality design work on vestments.
- MST-Fine Art