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The beggining of the fashion batik art

After 5 months of silk scarves, I've began on working on my big goal of making garments out of my batik art. These are some of the ideas I've worked on. The first 2 ideas are inspired by the colorful way that Ugandan baskets are made, I'm trying to fuse this art into a fashion product. Actually I have the same approach as the basket weavers do ie making a plan of how different colors will follow along one repeated line. The third idea involved the use of dots as I waxed.
In this batik, I was inspired by the view outside our house. There's a place near us on a hill with new housing and one thing is common aon all these houses; the shiny iron roofing and red brick walls, no plaster. The whole hill is dotted with these similar looking houses. When I went up there, I found people seated outside their homes talking about all kind of gossip including the recent power outages that have hit the country, although none of the houses was connected to the grid. Another thing that caught my attention was the rows of flower gardens that lined the road all around me. This batik portrays new neighbourhoods that are cropping up everywhere within 10kms from the capital city, Kampala.