Projects

Tanzanian Dressing Traditions: Documentation and Digitization of disappearing legacies and emerging patterns

LOCATION

Tanga, Arusha, Babati towns and Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania

OUR TEAM

Ndesumbuka Lamtane Merinyo (PI)

Ailinda Sawe (CoI)

SYNOPSIS AND POSITION

This research project aims at addressing the lack of knowledge and appreciation of the dressing cultures and lifestyles in Tanzania. Researching into traditional costume design practice and the accompanying cultural industries will open a glimpse into a hitherto untapped and unappreciated knowledge base. It will also try to take a closer look at the interventionist approaches and impositions on communities by colonialists and newly independent government apparatus and their effects on the development of dress culture of the communities. Archiving this knowledge base in digital form will open this essential information to the public for academic and general consumption.

OBJECTIVES AND METHODS

  • To trace the transformation of traditional dressing customs and costumes of selected communities in Tanzania
  • To determine the relationship between traditional dressing customs and costumes of selected communities in Tanzania and emerging contemporary ways of dressing
  • To determine the influence of related social and cultural industries on dressing tradition of selected communities in Tanzania
  • To document design and style on dressing traditions of Tanzania

ACTIVITIES

To be confirmed

Tanga, Tanzania

Arusha, Tanzania

Babati, Tanzania

Unnamed Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania