Berk Cross Development Diary Vol.2


I'm Chizu Nakamoto of RICCI EVERYDAY.

"Berk Cross Development Diary" delivering the development of bags using "Berkross", the oldest cloth in humanity where Uganda is the birthplace of birth. I would like to tell you irregularly until the announcement in August.

This time we will deliver the second bullet.


Uganda decided to develop products using specialty products (which is not an exaggeration), and became interested in Berkross's history. I briefly summarized it, but it turned out that Berk Cross was literally a work that has been walking with the history of Uganda.


It was confirmed that Berk Cross was used in the 12th century. It is a story a long time ago that cotton spreads in Uganda, and is also called "the oldest cloth in mankind".


In Uganda, it was especially popular in the Buganda kingdom located in the southern part, and a clan called Ngongge Clan, which is the head of Kabogosa, was responsible for the production of Berkross. Among the Berk Cross made with their hands, high -quality ones were dedicated to the royal family and were used in various rituals. Bganda Kingdom and Berkross were so closely related that they knew the status of the royal family by wearing Berk Cross.


In the 19th century, the demand for Berk Cross decreases, coupled with cotton production by the Middle East. As the colonialism expanded, the ruling layer was forced to obey themselves by banning Berk Cross's cultural symbol of Uganda. Nevertheless, people inherited the culture without breaking out the culture by using Berkross for the spiritual ceremony.


In 1953, as independent fortune in Uganda increased, Berk Cross became a symbolic presence. The loyalty to the kingdom wore Berk Cross and resisted the colonial rule. And in 1962, Uganda became independent. In the turbulence after that, the control of the kingdom ended again and the Berk Cross culture weakened again, but the historical background and the production background rooted in the lives of people were evaluated, and in 2008, it was registered as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. It leads to

Please look forward to the next Berk Cross Development Diary!



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