BURKINA FASO : traditions from Western Africa

A preserved and lively craft culture in Burkina Faso

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.

Gisele, the dyeing queen
 

Gisele Moukoro Ouedraogo is a professional dyer. There are very few like her in Burkina Faso. Thirty years of experience…
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Bogolan, African mud cloth
 

In Ouagadougou, I have met with Zakaria and spent a second day with him to find out what the bogolan is.…
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The Gafreh women
 

It takes almost one hour from the center of Bobo Dioulasso, the second largest city in Burkina Faso, to get…
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Zakaria and the colors of Sahel
 

In Ouagadougou, the craft company Couleurs du Sahel produces original fabrics and cotton linen, in the spirit of Faso Dan Fani, the typical Burkinabe cotton…
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Gisele, the dyeing queen

 

Bogolan, African mud cloth

 

The Gafreh women

 

Zakaria and the colors of Sahel


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