Recently, Kaz’O’zah Art welcomed a vist from students at the Ecole Française Bujumbura. The students were invited to learn from the knowledge and experience of Kaz’o’zah Art’s employees and artisans – from the tailors and weavers to the finance department, from the jewellery-makers to the sales coordinator.
The students were shown around the Kaz’O’zah Art boutique and artisan huts, enjoying instructions and lessons in each of the departments - tailoring, weaving, leather-work, jewellry-making, and vegetable ivory carving. Ange, founder and executive director, introduced them to the fascinating story of the vegetable ivory - how the nut seed of the native Burundian Umukoko plant (Hyphaene Ventricosa) is transformed in to gorgeous and unique jewellery pieces. The students learned that, not only is this seed environmentally friendly and helps avoid the use of animal ivory, but the purchase of the seed helps support a village in the west of Burundi.
It was at this point that all of the students got out their notebooks and started taking notes! They clearly found the journey of this seed as interesting as we do!
(You can read more about the Umukoko palm and vegetable ivory in our blog entry from 24th April 2015).
The aim of the visit was not only to showcase traditional Burundian craft techniques to the students. Through sharing the stories of Kaz’O’zah employees and artisans, we hoped to encourage the students to think outside the box when contemplating their future lives and careers, and to broaden their horizon of possibilities. Kaz’O’zah believes in nurturing individual talent and creativity, whatever that might be, so that people have the best possible chance of becoming the best they can be.
It was a great day and Kaz'O'zah Art wishes the students at Ecole Française Bujumbura the best and brightest of futures.