An Indigo Pioneer in Mali
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Ever since we spotted the work of Malian textile designer and calligrapher Aboubakar Fofana at ICFF a while back we've been fans of his ethereal textiles. Fofana, who spent more than 20 years studying and developing dying techniques in Japan and France, operates a workshop in Mali, where he produces a collection of bed covers and fabrics reflecting a mix of ethnic influences (indeed, his passion for indigo plants and natural dyes has led to a revival of the use of the indigo plant in West Africa). For purchasing information, visit the design collective Design Africa or Aboubakar Fofana website; Fofana has also shown his work at ABC Carpet & Home in New York. Above: Fofana's hands reveal his life's work: the production of indigo fabrics. N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 21, 2009.