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Auteur/Author: Lucrèce GANDIGBE

Discovering Bogolan

The textile Bogolan is a native of West Africa mainly Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea. Etymologically, the term comes bogolan Bambara words’ bogo ” and ” lan ‘respectively meaning’ earth ” and ” with ”. This is a tissue whose clothing and port are rooted in African traditions. But where does this tradition bogolan?

The origins of bogolan
Legend has it that a woman clad in a loincloth dyed n’galama would accidentally stained with the mud of the River Niger. In trying to clean it, she notices that the mud dyed his loincloth and the mark is indelible. The discovery of so bogolan come this chance event. Bogolan has become a tradition in many ethnic groups in West Africa as the Bambara, Dogon, the Bobos, the Senufo and Malinke and Miniankas. Each of these peoples has developed its own reasons and their own styles through the ages. But how can we explain this alchemy between the clay of the River Niger and cotton?
Careful and very artistic achievement.

artdubogolan8-600x399The paints used for bogolan are fully mineral and vegetable origin (tree bark, tree leaves …). They contain no chemical intake. The artisan sat back down at his gourd that serves as support. All its instruments to trace are also nearby (lines of trace (kalama) more or less fine, metal spatulas, stalks of millet, palmyra, feathers, brushes). The fabric used is traditionally prepared by weavers. These are wide strip of cotton fabric which are subsequently stitched together. Once crafted outfit, it is usually dyed with n’galama to give it a background color and promote the fixation of other colors. After rinsing and drying, the clay is applied to it, taking care to create original patterns. Once the dye made, the clothing is dried in the sun. When finally dry the garment is cleansed of shades residues. It is a long process that requires patience and dexterity. African women used to prepare men for their hunting outfits, parties, parades … Every holding its grounds and its color was intended for a particular use.
Bogolan today
In an industrialized society dominated by Western fashion, bogolan was somehow relayed to the closet. Fortunately the cumulative effects of the Malian government and some associations have helped preserve this cultural heritage. In particular, Chris Seydou, internationally renowned fashion designer has managed to carry it off Bogolan of African borders. There is a fifteen year around, his jackets, vests, pants, scarves, dresses bogolan were present on the biggest catwalks of the world. The word ” Bogolan ” became the best-known Bambara word. This created a strong demand for the product. Given the demand for increasingly growing, the women of our tribes are not the only ones to make bogolan. New techniques have emerged. Other supports are used to lay the technical bogolan including linen, chintz, bazin. At AwaleBiz we offer a wide variety of products with our bogolan Sugnu Store partner.

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Auteur/Author: Lucrèce GANDIGBE

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