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Women of Bamako
Employs 163 Artisans
“Our designs are based on traditional Mali patterns. I love going to museums in Bamako and finding inspiration in tribal art and sculpture.”
- Aïssata, Head of Workshop

Let’s start with Aïssata, the brains behind it all. A little over 10 years ago, she left her job as a public accountant to start this cooperative. She looked around her and saw a need to provide employment for young women. And so, she did something about it.

The cooperative started with 10 women, and fast forward to today, she now employs 163 women and men. Carrying on the ancient tradition of Bogolan indigo, this workshop is widely-known for their richly saturated indigo hues. To get this intense blue color, they soak the fabric over six times, using all natural indigo from Koro.

These talented artisans beamed with pride as they showed us their work – walking us through the intricate patterns and dye nuances. To them, this is more than a job, it’s a way to carry on the traditions of their home country.