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Take a bit Uganda with you

By Vision Reporter

Added 22nd November 2007 03:00 AM

UGANDA is a small country but it is blessed with very many beauties, gifted by nature. Apart from beautiful weather and wild life, we have deep green forests and game parks filled with beautiful animals.

UGANDA is a small country but it is blessed with very many beauties, gifted by nature. Apart from beautiful weather and wild life, we have deep green forests and game parks filled with beautiful animals.

By Sarah Ulotu

UGANDA is a small country but it is blessed with very many beauties, gifted by nature. Apart from beautiful weather and wild life, we have deep green forests and game parks filled with beautiful animals.

When visitors come to Uganda for the first time, they may want to take back with them all the beautiful things that they see, no wonder some visitors end up staying.

But those who cannot stay can always take with them a part of Uganda. Our cultural art shops are full of beautiful bits and pieces of Uganda waiting to be taken away.

According to Judith Nabukwasi, an attendant in the post office cultural shop, located at the post office on Kampala road, almost anything can be made out of Uganda’s stones, bark cloth, banana fibre, car tyres, ivory, cowry shells, beads, sisal, cow horns, beads and seeds.

At the post office shop, a pair of metal bangles go for sh2,500 to sh3,000. Necklaces made out of stone, beads, cowry shells and cow horns from sh5,000 to sh50,000.

Money purses for both male and female range between sh4,000 to sh20,000. These are made out of leather, sisal, beads and bark cloth.

Statues of animals and past Ugandan heroes range between sh15,000 to sh25,000. These are made out of stone, clay, wood and dressed in bark cloth.
You can get bigger statues from Nnyanzi art studio, on Dewinton Road, next to the National Theatre, at a range of sh200,000 to sh2m.

Maps of Uganda, made out of bark cloth and showing Uganda’s wildlife range from sh8,000 to sh10,000.

These can be bought from the post office shop, Nnyanzi’s art studio and at E creations at the National Theatre.
At E creations, one can also buy traditional Ugandan attires such as the busuuti/gomesi, t-shirts, hats and bags for sh50,000 to sh350,000.

The bags and hats are made out of sisal, bark cloth, banana leaves and fibre and cloth.

Paintings at Nnyanzi art studio range from sh20,000 to sh2m.These are of Buganda’s kings and queens, lakes and rivers, trees and fruits and wild animals.

Some paintings clearly explain the Uganda culture and way of living.
Sandals made out of tires, drums, baskets, hangings, spears, fabrics, painted gourds and stools, clay penholders and wooden saltshakers go from sh2,000 to 50,000.

Visit one of these shops while in Uganda and a part of Uganda will always remain with you.

Take a bit Uganda with you

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