The Vision

Bark to the Roots (B2TR) is a José Hendo initiative anchored
in the ethos of the Sustainable Development Goals,
reminding us to preserve both our heritage and the environment.
Through the one-million mutuba tree-planting campaign,
B2TR is addressing the climate change crisis. The mutuba tree is
crucial to the balancing of the eco system where it grows,
thus saving a heritage and helping the environment in one effort.

The Vision

Bark to the Roots (B2TR) is a José Hendo initiative anchored in the ethos of the Sustainable Development Goals, reminding us to preserve both our heritage and the environment. Through the one-million mutuba tree-planting campaign, B2TR is addressing the climate change crisis. The mutuba tree is crucial to the balancing of the eco system where it grows, thus saving a heritage and helping the environment in one effort.

Through the one-million mutuba tree-planting campaign, B2TR is promoting a practice that was recognised by UNESCO.

In 2005 Barkcloth was proclaimed a ‘Masterpiece of Intangible Cultural Heritage’ and in 2008 it was eventually inscribed on the Representative list. Barkcloth is one of the oldest cloths made by man. The technique by which the bark of the mutuba tree is manually processed to create barkcloth is centuries old, it predates the weaving era.

The launch of B2TR in 2014 brought together people who commercially produce various items in barkcloth. The initiative had a boost in 2015 when CNN filmed the community of barkcloth makers in Bukomansimbi as the first trees were planted for the program Inside Africa. The program also documented the traditional harvesting process for barkcloth.

B2TR endeavors to bring together people who are working with barkcloth in different and innovative ways including those who harvest it and those who are using it.

In 2016, the 3rd annual Bark to the Roots (B2TR) event titled Past, Present and Future, launched the one-million mutuba tree planting campaign to increase the sustainability of the practice.

The event was held at the Uganda Museum was hosted by London-based designer José Hendo who extensively uses the cloth in her creations, and Bukomansimbi Organic Tree Farmers Association (BOTFA) who are growing the trees and training the younger generation in the ancient practice of processing mutuba tree bark to create the cloth.

They are working with the community to pass on the techniques to the young people so that the practice does not become obsolete.

This year is the fourth annual Bark to the Roots (B2TR) event titled Signs Of The Now. It is set to push on our mutuba tree planting campaign and shine the light on how we can all make a difference now that the climate change crisis cannot be ignored.

The event to be held at the Serena Hotel Kampala will be hosted by José Hendo. There will be displays demonstrating the making barkcloth by the Bukomansimbi Organic Tree Farmers Association (BOTFA) who are growing the trees and training the younger generation into the ancient practice of processing mutuba tree bark to create the cloth. Further details can be found below.

Date

Friday 31st October

AND 1st November 2019

Venue

Serena Hotel Kampala

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Time

10am-6 pm

AND 2pm to 7pm onwards

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About José Hendo

London-based eco-sustainable fashion designer José Hendo is the founder of this initiative. It has now grown from an initiative to an NGO. She felt the need to connect to the community that has kept this tradition alive and the desire to bring barkcloth to the forefront of contemporary design and manufacture globally.

The Team

Founder – José Hendo
Managing Director – Rita Bahemuka
Junior Research and Development Director – Edwin Ndebesa Kamukama

Board Members

Fred Kato Mutebi
Ruud Boon
Winnie Ssanyu Sseruma
Isabella Asiimwe
Jennifer Mpiisi

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