Presenting cotton fabric in clothing habits for the majority of the Mali population in Guinea and Burkina Faso


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About the project Edit

Bogolan is presented both as a dying (decoration) technique and a type of clothing fabric. It is a dyed fabric that is also decorative.

The raw material is cotton that is passed through a loom. The white cotton fabric obtained is then completely dyed in a unique colour or becomes a support for anagrams, symbols significantly embedded in traditional Bambara, Dogon or other knowledge. Drawings, chosen symbols are perceived as the identity of a population, village or artist.

The dyes used are from diverse origins: clay, tree decoctions, leaf infusions. Bogolan has therapeutic properties due to the plant compounds used for the dye. This is why circumcised children, for example, wear them to help accelerate the wounds to heal. Bogolan’s reputation comes from Chris Seydou, the Malian stylist who introduced it into his mode of sewing.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Bogolan is a mode of artistic expression in whatever form and this, despite its known therapeutic virtues. As we said, the fabric and its symbols identify its creators.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

It remains highly regarded in both rural and urban areas. If it was naturally brought to the first instance, in an urban environment, the wearer “changes” and can become “his or herself”, “authentic”.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

For a long time caught, bogolan has been caught in its international positions in fashion and decorative element.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Cotton fabric is part of the African people’s habitus in general and Sahelians in particular for a very long time. In the way that is has been a raw material, bogolan would also be in a limited spaced, but the fabric’s popularity comes from fashion.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Tourists greatly appreciate this handmade product; fashion, therefore has been favourable recently. We should be concerned with the inferior quality so-called local consumption.

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