From one project to another, from one continent to another, from Paris to Ouagadougou, I am continuing my journey of World Textiles & Artisans in Burkina Faso.
It is a small landlocked country in the heart of West Africa, between Benin and Mali, between the Ivory Coast and Niger. This central geographical position may explain why you can find such a variety of textile traditions, unique to this area of the world: the art of Bogolan originally comes from Mali, traditional dyeing in bright colors, skillful washes, coated and shiny Bazin, indigo from Benin. Burkina Faso is also the land of cotton. The culture of this “white gold” is giving work to a fifth of the country’s population and therefore it has helped the rise of a weaving culture with typical Burkinabe cotton cloth.
Discover here the stories of Zakaria’s textiles, Le Gafreh women and Gisele the master dyer and there some pictures of the country.