Few things are as beautiful as natural indigo paired with exceptional artistry. We are especially pleased to offer a selection of indigo dyed shawls from renowned artist and indigo dyer, Aboubakar Fofana.
Aboubakar creates these works at his organic indigo farm outside of Bamako, Mali. Aboubakar is dedicated to preserving Malian textile heritage and indigo culture. His traditional vats yield a rich and luminous blue – so pure and elemental that they catch the eye immediately. Indigo is traditionally considered to be protective, healing and calming when worn next to the skin.
The shibori designs reflect influences from Aboubakar’s time spent studying in Kyoto or are modern versions of traditional Malian stitchwork. The fabrics are luxurious and selected to show off a range of amazing blue shades.
The proceeds from the sale of these shawls goes directly to the artist in support of his work in rural Mali. Your purchase helps Aboubakar grow food and dye crops, employ and train new women and villagers, and continue his important work of keeping traditional artistry alive in Mali.
Ombre Linen -This shawl measures approximately 27 inches x 91 inches and is dipped repeatedly in indigo so that the color gradually moves from Midnight to the lightest blue called Blue of Nothingness. Hand twisted fringe.
Shibori Hemp – This shawl measures approximately 27 inches x 91 inches and is meticulously hand-bound with nui shibori into a thick, pleated rope, then dipped repeatedly in indigo. Once the piece is unbound, a pattern of irregular stripes emerges. Hand twisted fringe.
4-panel cotton – Handwoven cotton strips are stitched together to create a thick, warm and luxuriously soft midnight blue shawl. Richly colored, versatile and durable.