Mali ... Paul's
dream, the country of singer Salif Keita. And as the song says, Sunday in
Bamako is a wedding day. The processions of young and old are exuberant. There
is dust and boubous and laughter and prowess of stuntmen on mopeds. Total
Mali… polluted, noisy, and does not smell
good. A big environmental problem. Poor waste management; we cover our noses to
see in the ditches, along the roads are overflowing with clusters of colors and
Mali ... unstable some say, secure for others.
Due to the political climate, we were only able to go to Bamako and Ségou,
located some 240 kilometers from the capital Bamako. We intended to travel to
“the pearl of the desert” Timbuktu and the “land of the Dogons” but we were
advised to travel further north. (This topic deserves a post in our blog-April
Mali… and its ancestral craftsmanship
impressed us; markup, galatan, bogolan and indigo are techniques still used
today to create unique African fabrics. This is the reason for our detour to
Meeting Aissata and Boubacar was a great
source of inspiration. It is with them that we have chosen to work.
The product of their work will be in the SO
Original store this Friday, March 16. You will be impressed with the results
that clay, bark, and plants can give to a fabric.
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