Traditional Rwandan big sieve: urutaro

Traditional Rwandan big sieve: Urutaro

Urutaro traditional material

Traditional Rwandan big sieve

Big sieve known as Urutaro in Kinyarwanda language is one of the traditional materials used by the Rwandans. Big Sieves were woven in grass and in fine small trees.

Traditional sieves were used for sieving which consisted of separating good crops with bad crops. This is known as “Kugosora” in Kinyarwanda. Traditional big sieves were also used in exposing different crops to the sun (Kwanika in Kinyarwanda).

In traditional Rwanda, it was also believed that there were witches who should fly on big sieves. This was known as “kugendera ku rutaro” where a person should, during the night, move from one place to another by flying using the big sieve.

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Urutaro

Urutaro traditional material

Urutaro ni kimwe mu bikoresho bikoreshwa n’Abanyarwanda kuva kera. Urutaro rwabohwaga mu byatsi byabugenewe n’uduti duto tunoze.

Urutaro rwakoreshwaga cyangwa rukoreshwa mu kugosora imyaka. Kugosora ni uburyo bwo gutandukanya imyaka myiza n’imyaka mibi, iyaboze cyangwa n’imyanda iri mu myaka. Kugosora kandi bikorwa mu gihe umuntu ategura ifu y’imyumbati, amasaka cyangwa ibindi byasekuwe. Urutaro rukoreshwa kandi mu kwanika imyaka.

Mu Rwanda rwo hambere kandi hari abantu bemeraga ko hari abakonikoni bagenderaga ku rutaro.  Bavugaga ko nijoro bashobora gukoresha urutaro bakaguruka bakava mu gace kamwe bakajya ahandi. Ibi nibyo bitaga “kugendera ku rutaro.

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