Juliet Lubega

Mutuba tree, you make me proud

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Mutuba tree, you make me proud to be a Ugandan

Your elegant silver stem protects the

Ancient history of a nation

The traditional harvesting of your inner bark makes

The sacred fabric, bark cloth, that

Defines  the spirit of the Buganda Kingdom.

 

No  machines and no weaving

Just simple beating with wooden mallets

Stretching and sun drying

The practice has been around for centuries.

And still defies the modern process of cloth making

 

In all shades of brown, light and dark

The bark cloth unites us

From Royal attire to street fashion

Normal garments, burial sheets and precious works of art

It defines  the identity of  the  kindred

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Mutuba tree, the  mother of the bark cloth

You make me proud to be Ugandan

 

Juliet Lubega (unpublished 2013)

 

**This is dedicated to my late grandfather who was a bark cloth maker by trade.He planted these trees at our ancestral ground,Bubango Village,Rakai District in Southern Uganda. Jajja we miss your wooden mallets.

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Author: lubega1

Among other things an aspiring UK based African writer with particular interest in African/Western cultural divide..

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