The book was launched at the King’s palace museum, Rukari, Nyanza district.
Amb. Masozera Robert, INMR Director General said that the book was released with the intention of sharing documented and preserving Rwandan history for future generations.
"We have collected all sorts of decorative patterns which were used in ancient Rwanda. With the release of the book we are claiming intellectual property for the patterns to avoid all forms of cultural appropriation."
The book illustrates at least 136 decorative patterns commonly known as ’Imigongo’ which are refered as ’Imitako gakondo’ given that ’Imigongo’ is just one type of decorative pattern.
Some of the names of the decorative patterns illustrated in the book are amababa y’ Intashya; Umuhigo; Umwashi; Igitoki; Intege z’abasaza; Itweka; Amaso y’ Inuma; Iraza; Ingeembe; Ibigobe by’ Uruzi; Akarizo k’Ingwe and Umugore wishe Inzu.
There are also Amanyamanza; Umwashi; Ibishyamirane; Basangira; Imikako; Ingondo; Umugongo w’Inzovu and Ubusonga among others.
Nyanza residents who attended the launch said that documenting Rwandan history is a way of avoiding culture loss and connect people of different backgrounds.
Uwihinema Béatrice said "Preserving culture is the best way to educate our children about the history of Rwanda and ensure they do not incorporate othef cultures as theirs before knowing their own."
Musengima Gérard said "As a cultural hub, Nyanza attracts many tourists and we have started decorating our houses with those patterns as a way of supporting the museum’s initiative."
Ntazinda Erasme, Nyanza district mayor noted that preserving cultural artifacts, art or music will reinforce Nyanza reputation as a cultural hub. He said local authorities will keep sensitizing Nyanza residents to decorate their houses with those patterns as a way of calling tourists to witness the hidden gems of Rwanda.