The Intore warriors in this embroidery perform the warriors’ dance for strength in preparation for war or defense. They are depicted as holding spears (icumu) and shields (ingabo) and are accompanied by traditional drummers, Rwandan guitar (the inange), and flute,
Historically, the Intore were an elite group of warriors who came from all segments of Rwandan society to guard the king (the mwami). In addition to their being skilled in battle, the Intore danced and wrote poetry.
It took four experienced artisans three months to complete this large wall hanging.