Botanical Colors is pleased to announce that we are hosting multidisciplinary natural dye artist, designer and indigo farmer Aboubakar Fofana. As part of a month-long 2022 artist-in-residency here in Seattle, Aboubakar will be teaching classes of West African traditional dyeing and stitching techniques. The Aboubakar Fofana Collection Trunk Show includes handmade shawls, scarves, tunics and trousers, much of it created from traditional African stripcloth or finimugu. The colors are ecru, natural indigo from Aboubakar’s farm or mineral mud from the Niger River. The Aboubakar Fofana Farming Talk + Trunk Show will be a great way for you to learn more in-person with the master himself.
Born in Mali and raised in France, Aboubakar is known for his work in reinvigorating and redefining West African indigo dyeing techniques, and much of his focus is devoted to the preservation and reinterpretation of traditional West African textile and natural dyeing techniques and materials.
Fofana is currently deeply involved in creating a farm in conjunction with the local community in the district of Siby, Mali, in which the two types of indigenous West African indigo will be the centrepiece for a permaculture model based around local food, medicine and dye plants. This project hopes to contribute to the rebirth of fermented indigo dyeing in Mali and beyond, and represents his life’s greatest project to date.