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Indigenous plaited patterns on Ugandan mats

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This paper presents findings about the rich, colourful, mathematical patterns on the indigenous plaited mats produced by skilled artisans in Uganda. There is a need to research and make use of these designs so that they can find new audiences, inspire African product design and be exploited commercially within Africa and beyond. To support this argument, examples of patterns are presented in this paper. They provide evidence of the craft tradition and its allied knowledge and skills and demonstrate its pedagogic and aesthetic value. The paper concludes with a step-by-step, do-it-yourself guide to pattern making.

Keywords: Uganda; design; development education; plaited mats

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Kyambogo University, Uganda.

Publication date: September 27, 2007

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.
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