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Rwandan Heraldry Project

Posted by rod - 08.06.2012

Rwandan Heraldry Project patterns

Rwanda has a prolific pattern system, based of both wickerwork and mural painting. All the patterns have a meaning.

Rwandan Heraldry Project

Rwandan Heraldry Project

Shield for the Kicukiro Distict in Kigali.

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Rwandan traditional shields

Rwandan Heraldry Project

Rwanda is an African country, located in the Great Lakes region.

As one of the oldest constitued country in Africa, with a centralized monarchy dating from XVth century, the country has a prolific cultural heritage.

Rwanda adopted a new administrative divion in 2006. The country is now divided in provinces – intara , districts – akarere ,sectors – imirenge and cells -akagari.

Rwanda Heraldry Project links  this new land organization to bold and local symbols. To create a coherent process that can be apply to reveal the strong cultural background of rwanda and the aim of the country to look forward and to develop.

Rwandan Heraldry Project

 

Rwandan Heraldry Project develops an identity for the Republic of Rwanda, its administrative divisions but also its people. The project is not a tabula rasa, it takes its roots in the actual seal of the Republic of Rwanda and its rich traditional iconography.  In 2006, Rwanda adopted a new administrative division. The country is now divided in provinces – intara, districts – akagere,  sectors – imirenge and cells – agakare. The aim is to unify the communication at all the administrative scale and give a clear identity to the country. An identity rooted  in its rich cultural history, yet contemporary

The first step was to create a consistent iconography based on traditional patterns (weaving and mural paintings), but also graphic representations of each component of Rwanda. Then, to use this iconography to reveal the local history of each place through toponymy or historical research. Like Kinyarwanda, each shield plays with symbols and patterns to allow a diverse but consistent armorial.

The result links  the land organisation to bold and local symbols. It creates a coherent process that can be applied all over the country to reveal the strong cultural background of Rwanda and the aim of the country to look forward and to develop without loosing its soul.

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