6-Day Construction and Finishing Techniques in Seattle with Aboubakar Fofana


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Construction Techniques with Aboubakar Fofana

This is the first time we are offering Construction Techniques with Aboubakar Fofana in the US. It is an offshoot of our conversations last year about learning some of the different stitching and finishing techniques. For instance, working with approximately 8 meters of Malian strip cloth. Participants will learn how to join the strip fabric to make a panel of 4 strips. After that, they will learn binding techniques for shibori. Or participants will paint the panels with mineral mud or dip in indigo (or both).

Above all, Aboubakar will teach his methods for embellishing the piece. Options are tassels, edgings and other beautiful handwork finishes.  In other words, this is a rare opportunity for an in-depth exploration using traditional finimugu (cotton strip cloth).  Similarly, combining mud and indigo. The workshop will be held outdoors under a covered canopy in the glorious Seattle summertime. So there is plenty of room to spread out. In addition, it is conveniently across the street from Botanical Colors’ studio in a quiet neighborhood setting. We will serve light refreshments. Similarly, there are numerous nearby restaurants, cafes and a natural foods market that has a large gluten-free and organic food selection.

We will also have a pop-up featuring Aboubakar’s textiles and treasures from his atelier for sale.

The workshop includes

  • Five days intensive study with Aboubakar on indigo dyeing: July 30 through August 4, 2020
  • Small class format (12 students)
  • All sampling materials provided
  • Aboubakar will present videos on his work,  his indigo atelier and indigo farm in Mali.
  • Aboubakar will offer a selection of fine textiles for sale.
  • Access to Kathy’s library of indigo books and samples
  • Light refreshments and beverages


All sales are final. This workshop is non-cancellable and non-refundable.

We do not maintain a waitlist for these classes.

Botanical Colors reserves the right to cancel classes in the unlikely event of circumstances beyond our control. So if a class is cancelled, Botanical Colors’ responsibility and liability are limited to a refund of class fees.  We will not be held responsible for charges related to travel expenses, air tickets, travel insurance, etc. We will send you a check within 30 days of cancellation.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any discounts, work-study or scholarships to this workshop.  Contact us for any inquiries or questions about the workshop.


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