On December 16, we welcomed back the students from the Ecole Française for part 2 of their hands on educational visits to Kaz’O’zah Art.
Last time the students were given a tour of all the artisan departments and learned mainly about vegetable ivory carving and how it is used to make jewelry. This time around, the students were taught by Ange and the specialist artisans in our jewelry-making department how to make bangles out of the fronds of the native Burundian Umukoko palm, banana leaves, sisal and Kitenge fabric.
Students divided up in to groups and, instructed by an artisan, weaved Umukoko frond and banana leaves with sisal and covered them in Kitenge. For first timers, they did exceptionally well! They got to keep the bangles they made so they could take them home and show their families.
This visit was a chance for Ange and the artisans to further immerse the students in the diverse techniques used by the artisans at Kaz’O’zah Art to make their products. The students also learned that much of the material used at Kaz’O’zah Art is locally sourced and sustainable. For the Burundian students of the school this was a chance to positively engage with their heritage and country. For the international students, it was an insight in to the rich culture of the country where they live.
As it was almost Christmas, Kaz’O’zah Art wanted to do more than just teach the students. It was Kaz’O’zah Art’s pleasure to present all of the students and teachers with hand crafted pencil cases, made from semi leather and Kitenge as an early Christmas gift. It showed the value of such visits to the Kaz’O’zah Art premises, as the students were then able to meet the artisans who had worked so hard but with so much Christmas joy to make their gifts.
As with all the Ecole Français visits, it was such an enjoyable day.