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A CLOSER LOOK OF THE NEW 'FLOWERGARDEN' BATIK

CLASSIC SCENES OF NEW HOPE, KASANA

In this batik project, I was tasked to create an aerial view 'artistic impression' of New Hope Kasana. I was able to get it by walking around the place many times. As you come into the place, you face the school yard (middle ground). Smaller dirt roads branch off from the main road into a homestead. By the time you come to the path leading to the seventh homestead, you realise that you've just walked a semi-circle. Trees make a full circle around the school. Interesting place.
In this piece, I was faced with a challenge of making a different pattern in each of the 'busuti' (a traditional dress in Uganda). I picked this idea from the introduction ceremony which precedes a wedding in Uganda. In this ceremony, the groom is accompanied by friends and family with many gifts to give to the family of the bride. The groom's side makes two lines outside the bride's family home, composing of women in colorful busuti and men in white gowns locally known as kanzu. They do this for a few minutes before they are allowed into the family home.
My attention is always on the women whose dresses are all distinct from each other, this is what I tried to portray in this batik.
This is the result of the Maasai necklace piece I've been doing that I finished a few days ago.