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Kenya survey in February | How does African traditional craftsmanship empower women?


In the ancient African continent, there is a sad "tradition" that belongs to women.

That is female genital cutting, often referred to as "female circumcision"

According to the definition of the World Health Organization, female circumcision refers to all operations that involve the removal of some or all of the female genitalia or other types of injuries that are not due to medical factors. It is estimated that 130 million women worldwide have received female circumcision. At present, there are still three million girls on the African continent who are facing the threat of circumcision. The circumcision process varies from country to country and from country to country, and the degree of damage is also different. It may be accompanied by infections, cysts, urination and menstrual inconveniences. In many cases, it may cause infertility, complications during production, Serious consequences such as fatal bleeding.

(据联合国反割礼大使华莉丝·迪里

自传改编的影片《沙漠之花》)

(According to United Nations anti-circumcision ambassador Walis Dili


Autobiography of the film "Flow of the Desert")


Kenya has banned female circumcision in 2011, but in a few primitive tribes, such as the Somali tribe, the Maasai tribe, and the Samburu tribe, this traditional custom has been secretly practiced until now. As a symbol of the transformation of girls into women, circumcision is often accompanied by early marriage and a series of social problems such as the loss of girls. At present, more and more countries and local organizations are committed to the anti-circumvention and rescue business. More and more tribal women have raised the banner of resistance like Wallace, breaking free from the "traditional" cage and striving for their own legitimate rights and interests.


How do girls fight for their own rights? If the women in the tribe do not depend on men, how do they survive? The answer is the economic foundation. As a result, women used traditional industrious hands to weave and engrave traditional tribal cultures on handicrafts and let people around the world see them through the media. They are no longer tribal women who are invaded by traditional culture, but are great inheritors of African crafts.

Africa's magical and vibrant land is the cradle of human civilization and art. The handcrafted art from the tribe is well preserved and has become an important source of inspiration for international big-name artists and designers. Nowadays, the fusion of culture and traditional aesthetics by a large number of African native craftsmen has ignited the spark of the international design community. However, how can pure hand-made tribal art be passed down in modern society? How do tribal women commercialize handicrafts and achieve sustainable income? How does local culture go global? These problems have been plaguing female craftsmen in the tribe.



Post time: 2019-11-16

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