GAIA is proud to carry the handcrafted collection from Indego Africa, a social enterprise dedicated to empowering artisan women in Africa through employment, opportunity, and education.
Behind the Design: Mudcloth, or bògòlanfini in Mali’s Bambara language, is a traditional Malian and West African textile made out of fermented mud. The process begins with narrow strips of cloth which are dyed in baths of leaves or bark and left in the sun to dry. Once they’re dry, the cloths are painted with the fermented mud and sewn together to create intricate patterns and symbols, all with different stories, myths, and meanings behind them. Indego Africa partners with artisan groups in Rwanda and Ghana that use traditional sewing machines and hand-stitching to make our apparel and textile-based product collections.
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