Kassie Braun Memorial School Tours AE-FUNAI Centre of Indigenous Textile - OKVIX

Kassie Braun Memorial School Tours AE-FUNAI Centre of Indigenous Textile

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The staff and students of Kassia Braun Memorial Schools Umuigwe, Ebonyi State recently toured the Centre of Indigenous Textile, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, where they were taken through the dynamics of traditional weaving and the production process of the highly-popular indigenous Akwete cloth.

The Acting Director of the Centre, of Kassie Braun Memorial School, Miss Chiaka Nnodi commended the school for their thoughtfulness in bringing their students to the Centre, noting that the excursion visit would help them to acquire relevant knowledge on how to weave traditional fabrics.

She maintained that the Centre is focused on producing and promoting traditional fabrics in Nigeria, pledging to train some of the staff and students of the school who were interested in learning the art of weaving traditional fabrics.

Nnodi further stated that the excursion featured a series of engaging events that provided the participating students and their tutors a rich and diverse learning experience about the Centre and its activities.

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She also noted that the students had an exclusive opportunity to learn how to weave traditional fabrics even as the tour offered them valuable insights about the Centre.

Continuing, the Acting Director stressed that the aim of the centre was to raise people who can sustain the trade in order not to allow the traditional weaving craft to fade away.

She also called on government at all levels to preserve the Nigerian diverse cultures, adding that the Centre was also expanding into the weaving of other traditional fabrics, such as akwa ocha and other traditional clothes.

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Concluding, Nnodi noted that the Centre is trying to find a way to improve the efficiency of its activities with the help of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology on how to produce the loom used in making fabrics.

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While going memory lane, the Acting Deputy Director of Kassie Braun Memorial School, Mrs. Rosemary George, in a brief history of how the making of Akwete was institutionalized in AE-FUNAI, said although Igbos are known for their cultural heritage and symbolism, Akwete is a craft that cut across different tribes in Nigeria, Igbo inclusive.

Continuing, she stated that as a way of sustaining one of the cultural heritages of Igbos, the making of Akwete was institutionalized in AE-FUNAI with the establishment of the Centre of Indigenous Textile in the university to promote the Igbo culture.

Rosemary George

While responding, the Head Teacher of the school, Mr. Anayo Ngene, noted that AE-FUNAI was one of the institutions that were penciled down for excursion, adding that the Centre afforded the students, most of whom had never set their eyes on process involved in the weaving of traditional fabrics, the opportunity not only to see it but also to be trained on how to produce the fabrics.

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He expressed his appreciation to the university management for giving the students the opportunity to be at the Centre. The students and staff on their part were excited and satisfied after the tour and training.

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