Bogo means "product of the earth" in the Bambara language, one of the languages of Mali. The bogolan is a traditional Malian fabric, resulting from an ancestral know-how, in which only natural products intervene, hence its name "product of the earth". Even today, these fabrics are made entirely by hand, dyed with vegetable dyes and painted by hand. We work with the Ndomo Institute, founded and coordinated by Boubacar Doumbia in Ségou, a Malian social enterprise whose mission is to perpetuate this know-how by training young people and thus offering them an income in an area weakened by conflicts. armed.
FASO DAN FANI
The traditional Burkinabé woven loincloth, the Faso Dan Fani, is woven by hand, producing strips 30 cm wide. Originally from Burkina-Faso, Faso Dan Fani which means "woven loincloth of the homeland" is a fabric woven with cotton threads. It was the legendary Thomas Sankara who, in a desire to promote the riches of his country through his products, brought this noble fabric to the fore. A fervent defender of the emancipation of women through the weaving trade, he enabled them to become major players in the local economy.
Our waxes are 100% cotton, printed on both sides. Known as - African fabric - it is actually a fabric invented in Indonesia. In the 19th century, the Dutch replicated the Javanese technique of - batik - to create industrial fabrics, and at lower cost, for the Indonesian market. However, the latter have shunned European manufacturing, which they consider to be of poor quality, and the manufacturers have had to seek other outlets to sell their stock and make their investment profitable. It is the African continent that will appropriate the wax and its colorful patterns. Even today, Holland manufactures wax and creates the patterns at the request of the African market. Several factories made the wax in Africa but few of them survived the Chinese competition.