This project seeks to develop a contemporary version of the kiondoo, a traditional hand-woven basket given to women on their wedding day as a rite of passage. The bridal kiondoo will serve as a coming-of-age symbol for the modern woman. The project is a collaboration between Ivy Nitta, Creative Director of Kiondoo Kulture, and Winnie Odande, Founder and Creative Director of Dande Styles. The pair met during an AHSCE Creative Collaboration workshop. The pair collaborated on new kiondoo designs which can be used within a wedding ceremony and afterwards. By adapting the iconic piece using modern technology, aesthetics and design principles, Ivy and Winnie created a range of beautiful bridal kiondoos. They also worked with a filmmaker, Derrick Aswani, to capture their process and the final designs were photographed by Daks Lineker.
- MEET THE NAIROBI HUB VOUCHER SCHEME RECIPIENTS: A Bridal KiondooBy Waithira Kibuchi Many African customs are a hybrid mix of western and indigenous traditions that are so ingrained, their origins are no longer examined but accepted as just the way things are done. Marriage ceremonies in Kenya are a quintessential example of such customs. These ceremonies blend the indigenous dowry ceremony with wedding rites … Read more