• Short Summary

    THE WORK OF A 21-YEAR-OLD KENYAN DESIGNER, SIMON MWANGI, IS BEING DISPLAYED AT AN EXHIBITION OF HAND PRINTED FABRICS IN NAIROBI.

  • Description

    THE WORK OF A 21-YEAR-OLD KENYAN DESIGNER, SIMON MWANGI, IS BEING DISPLAYED AT AN EXHIBITION OF HAND PRINTED FABRICS IN NAIROBI. THE EXHIBITION IS BEING HELD FROM MARCH 19 TO APRIL 4.

    THE DESIGNS ON DISPLAY, PRINTED IN A WIDE VARIETY OF FAST COLOURS, ARE DEVELOPED FROM TRADITIONAL AFRICAN PATTERNS OR FROM LOCAL PLANT AND ANIMAL FORMS. TRADITIONAL CRAFTS OFFER A WEALTH OF INSPIRATION; DESIGN SOURCES INCLUDE METAL JEWELLERY, WOODEN COMBS, ARAB PLASTER WALLS AND CARVED WOODEN DOORS, AND A CARVED WATUSI QUIVVER.

    MR. MWANGI'S DESIGNS INCLUDE TABLE MATS AND CUSHION COVERS. SOME COVER THE SURFACE OF THE FABRIC, WITH A VARIETY OF FANCIFUL ANIMALS IN A LINEAR PATTERN REMINISCENT OF TRADITIONAL GOURD DECORATION. OTHERS USE GEOMETRIC SHAPES TO ACHIEVE BOLD AFRICAN DESIGN.

    THE YOUNG DESIGNER WAS CONGRATULATED ON HIS WORK BY THE KENYA ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR FINANCE, MR. S.M. BALALA, WHO OPENED THE EXHIBITION ON WEDNESDAY (MARCH 18) AT NAIROBI'S STUDIO ARTS 68 MR. BALALA SAID HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE DESIGNS.

    GUESTS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY INCLUDED THE UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO KENYA, MR. MACKALVAIN, AND AN AMERICAN DESIGNER, MR. BILL GRANT.

    THE EXHIBITION IS SPONSORED BY MARIDADI FABRICS - THE REGISTERED TRADE NAME FOR FABRICS WHICH ARE SCREEN PRINTED BY HAND BY WOMEN OF THE HOME INDUSTRIES PROGRAMME OF ST. JOHN'S COMMUNITY CENTRE IN NAIROBI. THE PROJECT WAS STARTED IN 1966 ON A SMALL SCALE - FIVE WOMEN IN THE CORNER OF A CLASSROOM - TO PROVIDE A LIVELIHOOD FOR UNEMPLOYED WOMEN. PRODUCTION WAS EXPANDED AFTER THE PROJECT MOVED TO AN ABANDONED BREWERY.

    PRESENT WORLD-WIDE INTEREST IN AFRICAN DESIGN HAS RESULTED IN EXPORT SALES OF MARIDADI FABRICS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, SWEDEN, DENMARK AND THE UNITED STATES.

    SYNOPSIS: MOST OF THE OTHER DESIGNS ON DISPLAY ARE PRINTED IN A WIDE VARIETY OF FAST COLOURS, AND ARE DEVELOPED FROM TRADITIONAL AFRICAN PATTERNS OR FROM LOCAL PLANT AND ANIMAL FORMS. TRADITIONAL CRAFTS OFFER WEALTH OF INSPIRATION; DESIGN SOURCES INCLUDE METAL JEWELLERY, WOODEN COMBS, ARAB PLASTER WALLS AND CARVED WOODEN DOOR, AND A CARVED WATUSI QUIVVER.

    MR. MWANGI ATTENDED THE OPENING CEREMONY ON WEDNESDAY (MARCH 18) AT NAIROBI'S STUDIO ART 68.

    THE YOUNG AFRICAN DESIGNER WAS CONGRATULATED ON HIS WORK BY THE KENYA ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR FINANCE, MR. S.M. BALALA, WHO OPENED THE EXHIBITION. MR. BALALA SAID HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE DESIGNS.

    OTHER GUESTS AT THE OPENING AT THE OPENING INCLUDED THE AMERICAN DESIGNER, MR. BILL GRANT, AND THE U.S. AMBASSADOR TO KENYA, MR. MACKALVAIN.

    THE NEW EXHIBITION IS SPONSORED BY MARIDADI FABRICS - THE REGISTERED TRADE NAME FOR FABRICS SCREEN PRINTED BY A GROUP OF WOMEN IN NAIROBI. PRESENT WORLD-WIDE INTEREST IN AFRICAN DESIGN HAS RESULTED IN EXPORT SALES OF MARIDADI FABRICS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES, SWEDEN AND DENMARK AND THE UNITED STATES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE5WAWG8H0FIV2JLQWHIGKT986
    Media URN:
    VLVAE5WAWG8H0FIV2JLQWHIGKT986
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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