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For the World Textile & Artisans project, I always wanted to go to Western Africa. In this part of the world, textile traditions are still very liveful, vibrant, and of a great variety. So I have decided to go to Burkina Faso, which brings together many of the know-how, to discover this land rich of crafts, landscapes and colors.
It was the first time that my feet touched Western Africa‘s ground and it was a special emotion that I will always remember. I have appreciated this engaging landlocked country, so far away from Parisian paved streets, far from anything I knew. A land still marked by the French colonization remains and yet a light, an energy so deeply African.
In Burkina Faso, also known as the “Land of Honest Men,” the memories I have left are the Ouagadougou‘s special atmosphere, this broad and extended capital city, the image of red soil, dusty roads and the strange calm of Bobo Dioulasso.
Ouagadougou, broad capital city
Bobo Dioulasso, indolent and colorful