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Rwanda has a rich culture evidenced in the diversity of fine crafts and strong traditions
These includes: music and dance and a variety of arts and crafts.
Sought after crafts include: pottery, basketry, painting, jewelry, wood carving and metal work.
A window on Rwanda’s History is provided by numerous memorial sites and museums preserved around the Country. A number of community based Tourism experiences offer travelers the opportunity to experience cultural life.

COMMUNITY BASED TOURISM
Community Based Tourism is an opportunity to experience the life and the work of Rwandese Communities in conjunction with tour companies who facilitate the visit.
THE KIGALI HUB
Muslim quarter of Nyamirambo.
Introduces the city’s most multi-cultural suburb, the sights, sounds and smells of urban Rwanda.
In association with the Nyamirambo women’s centre (NWC) you will be guided through homes, exposed to the Arab influences, the market, the West African tailors, hair salons, recording studio and more. Your hosts will invite you to one of their homes, where you can learn to cook a Rwandan meal.
HANDCRAFTS
Pottery experience
Pottery is one the oldest forms of art in Rwanda, incorporated and adapting to everyday lifestyle changes. Pots have always been made and used to store and cook food, amongst other uses. The Rwandan Pottery today creates Bawls, mugs, flower pots and other vessels which are used in Rwandan homes. The traditionally more rounded   ports in Mica rich soil, is giving way to a variety of clay types, reds and browns incorporating numerous designs and details.
CRAFT SHOPS AROUND KIGALI
IVUKA ARTS KIGALI:
 Is a group of established artist introducing Rwandan contemporary art to the international scene by discovering and nurturing young talent.
Ishyo arts Center:
A successful non-profit organization operating locally and internationally bringing musicians, dancers, actors and other artists together to make culture available to everyone by developing and supporting the innovative artists, projects and training programs.
Rwanda Nziza:
Also known as, the Rwandan fair trade artist’s Association, offers a variety of quality products that are 100% Rwandan. The Artisans, from all over Rwanda, have direct access to the customer and earn 100% of the profits. Every product comes with a member biography, a description of the product and its cultural significance.
Caplaki Handcrafts co-operative
Near the cerclesportif was created when street shops that moved away from the city centre.
Other excellent places to view and purchase traditional and modern art work are: CAPLAKI craft village, Inganzo Garelly, African Gift corner, ATRACK craft village and Uburanga art studio. If you are looking an African market then your best bet will be Kimironko market, the Gakinjiro market or the Nyabugogo Market, which is the largest market in Rwanda
Agaseke baskets
Traditionally the baskets are made from sisal and papyrus tree fibers which are soaked in water for up to two weeks to soften them. Then they are beaten with stones and left to dry before being woven.
The natural fibers creates the natural pale gold color which is decorated with the black patterns from boiling the root and seeds of the urukangi plant or the banana flowers into a black dye.
These days a number of dye colors and patterns are seen displaying the diverse creativity in making the baskets.
In Traditional, these baskets served as containers to transport valued foods such as: Eggs, beans, meat and other valuable objects. They were presented as wedding gifts to a bride and groom. After 1994 Genocide the smaller baskets have became the symbols of peace, and the entire Rwandan community sit side by side to weave the “peace baskets”.



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