The art of weaving , a fading culture
Friday, March 14, 2008
Human history on earth has been characterised and continue to be characterise with numerous events and activities at one time or the other.
These events and activities are in no small measure the main contributing factors towards development of human civilisation on earth.
The art of weaving had undoubtedly contributed a lot towards human civilisation dated back centuries ago. People in the past and present use woven clothes in various forms and designs.. Woven cloth was at one time the main fashionable dress use by Africans, the served as a manifestation of pride for our deeply rooted traditional cultural norms and values. The cloth was a rael source of pride for Africans. However,it is rather unfortunate that such trent is not the case now with the introduction of western clothes and mode of dress..
The western education and mode of dress has serious affected and continue to affect almost every aspects of African ways of life. This one source of African pride is no longer in use or the use of is on very minimal scale compare to the western clothes and mode of dressing.
The art of weaving is no no longer common in Africa. The youths, especially the skill full youths are not prepare to engage in the business mainly due one reason or another. Arts and Culture Anchorman, this week caught up with Mr John K Gomez, native of Bakau Sanchaba, a rae youth still actively engage in making of weaven clothes at his workshop at the Katchikally Sacre Crocodile pool in Bakau.
Mr John Gomez spoke at length on his life as weaver, experience, traditional cultural heritage of attached to art of weaving and his prospects in the work.
According to Mr Gomez, his father inspired him into the art of weaving since at his tender age. He noted that ,he work with many experienced and skills full personnl in the art of weaving at both lacal and international level, especially in Senegal where he spend significant number of ages training and working with notable professors in the work.
John Gomez expressed his appreciation of the art of weaving , saying despite the work is not but he has prospect in the work.
Mr Doudou Bojang, custodian of the Katchikally sacred pool, commenting on the newly established weaving workshop said, the workshop was opened on early Febuary 2008, since then it registered significant progress both in terms of out put of the woven clothes products and tourist attraction as well restoration of our deeply rooted traditional cultural norms and values.
Mr Bojang revealed to the arts and culture that, the weaving workshop was established mainly as part of efforts geared towards promotion, development and preservation of what he called our fading traditional cultural norms and values. He spoke at length on the significance of woven clothes in Africa, especially centuries of centuries ago, the workshop is a symbol of our past glory and tradition he asserted.
The Sacred crocodile pool custodian exhibited some of the products made by Mr John Gomez in the course his short working days at the workshop, noting that most of the products are sewn and were bought. He revealed plans to expand the workshop in the future and expressed the need for preservation of traditional cultural norms and values.
Author: by Sanna Jawara