It seems that each year we go to Africa, someone gives us an item like this batik depicting, “the African Woman’s Burden”. The hoe and the produce-laden basket on the woman’s head tell us that she is on her way home after a long day in the fields (women do the farming in sub-Saharan Africa and produce most of the food consumed there). The firewood carried by the child remind us of the many hours that the mother will spend cooking. In some versions of this image, the woman is clearly pregnant as well. This and the baby on her back symbolizes the many children she will be expected to bear. Bare feet suggest her poverty.

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Uganda batik depicting a common theme