The staff and students of Kassia Braun Memorial Schools Umuigwe, Ebonyi State  recently toured the Centre of Indigenous Textile, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, where they were taken through the dynamics  of traditional weaving and the production process of the highly- popular indigenous Akwete cloth.

Ag. Director of the Centre of Indigenous Textile, Ms. Chiaka Nnodi  in a group photograph with staff and  students of the kassie Braun memorial school  during the visit


The Acting Director of the  Centre, Miss Chiaka Nnodi commended the school for  their thoughtfulness in bringing their students to the Centre, noting that  the excursion visit would help them to acquire relevant  knowledge on how to weave  traditional fabrics.

She maintained  that the Centre is  focused on producing and promoting traditional fabrics in Nigeria, pledging to train some of the staff and  students of the school who were interested in learning the art of weaving traditional fabrics.

Nnodi further stated that the excursion featured a series of engaging events that provided the participating students and their tutors a rich and diverse learning experience about the Centre and its activities.

She also noted that the  students had an exclusive opportunity to learn how to weave traditional fabrics even as the tour offered them valuable insights about the Centre.

Ag. Director, Centre of Indigenous Textile, Ms. Chiaka Nnodi addressing the visiting students

Continuing, the Acting  Director  stressed  that the aim of the centre was to raise people who can sustain the trade in order not to allow the traditional weaving craft to fade away.

She also called on  government at all levels to preserve the Nigerian diverse cultures,  adding that the Centre was also expanding into the weaving of other traditional fabrics, such as akwa ocha and other traditional clothes.

Concluding, Nnodi noted that the Centre is trying to  find a way to improve the efficiency of its activities  with the help of the Faculty of  Engineering and Technology on how to produce the loom used in making fabrics.

While going memory lane, the Acting Deputy Director of the Centre,  Mrs. Rosemary George, in a brief history of how the making of Akwete was institutionalized in AE-FUNAI, said although Igbos are known for their cultural heritage and symbolism,  Akwete is a craft that cut across different tribes in Nigeria, Igbo inclusive.

Continuing, she stated that as a way of sustaining one of the cultural heritages of Igbos, the making of Akwete was institutionalized in AE-FUNAI  with the establishment of the Centre  of Indigenous Textile in the university to promote the Igbo culture.

Ag. Deputy Director of the  Centre, Mrs. Rosemary George giving a brief history of the Centre during the visit

While responding, the Head  Teacher of the school, Mr. Anayo Ngene, noted that AE-FUNAI was one of the institutions that were penciled down for  excursion, adding  that the Centre afforded the students, most of whom had never set their eyes on process involved in  the weaving of traditional fabrics, the opportunity not only to see it but also to be trained on how to produce the fabrics.

He expressed his appreciation to the university management for giving  the students  the opportunity to be at the Centre.

The students and staff  on their part were excited and satisfied after the tour and training.

Head Teacher, kassie Braun Memorial School, Mr. Anayo Ngene (L) exchanging memorabilia with  the Ag. Director of the  Centre, Ms. Chiaka Nnodi after the tour