Video From Aboubakar Fofana (LIVE) Bamako Studio Tour!

Hands, stained blue with indigo, removing wet fabric from an indigo vat. The fabric is a golden color

Last week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY, we welcomed back Malian artist, educator, indigo farmer and friend, Aboubakar Fofana. Aboubakar took us for a live tour of his Bamako studio where we saw him harvest indigo, do some indigo dyeing,  got to meet his artisans and see all the amazingness that is Aboubakar on his home turf.

We received so many nice emails from people expressing how wonderful this episode was. You won’t want to miss it.

We also sold a bunch of his classes and the number of spots left is dwindling so grab your spot now. Go here.

Watch the video recording here.

More about Aboubakar and his summer residency with us:

Botanical Colors is pleased to announce that we are hosting Aboubakar Fofana for a month-long 2022 artist-in-residency here in Seattle. Aboubakar will be teaching classes of West African traditional dyeing and stitching techniques as well as hosting a community indigo dip, farm talk and a public trunk show of his goods.

“Born in Mali and raised in France, Aboubakar Fofana is a multidisciplinary artist and designer whose working mediums include calligraphy, textiles and natural dyes. He 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.”


If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we speak with dyers, artists, scientists and scholars about our favorite topic, natural dyeing and color. Curated by Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability Director and presented by Botanical Colors’ Founder Kathy Hattori.

We even have our own theme song thanks to musician Jimmie Snider (click here to hear more of his music including a new song called Looking Out The Window)!