Elimu Asilia

Kenya's Indigenous Knowledge

Nickson Mwania said the grandfather was selfish with the knowledge, he did not want to share and therefore he did his carvings in secrecy, he first build a house but with stairs from down, and to go in to that house he had to use a ladder which would be removed by his wife after he entered the house to work and he would call for the ladder when he is done for the day.

Mutisia kept the knowledge to himself for a long time; however he decided to share the knowledge with one of his best friends in the village, later the friend shared with others who were interested in wood carving. And this is how wood carving spread to other parts of the country.
Nickson Mwania is still doing wood carving to date and he said he uses

Tools:

  • A small shoka
  • Kisu ya kuchongowa
  • Msasa

Wood:

  • Hard wood
  • Ebony

Color:

  • Natural color
  • Dye (Brown/Black


STORY BY
NICKSON M. MWANIA    (58 YEARS)
MOMBASA.

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