Aboubakar Fofana – Indigo

The color, and natural dye, indigo has seeped its way in and bled heavily into mainstream culture in recent years.   For obvious reasons,  it has captured the eyes and hearts of the design world. Indigo blues attract a broad audience, but for natural dyers, there is something deeper, something magical about drawing color from plants.

It is this, inherent connection between dye plant and maker, that attracts a certain type of artist.  Exhibiting the essence of this relationship between artist and plant is found in Aboubakar Fofana, a calligrapher, artist, and textile designer from Mali.  He is a master dyer, specifically with indigo, and his work has been exhibited internationally.

Fofana displays techniques from Mali’s textile and indigo traditions, and aims to keeps this heritage alive.  Fofana’s work is at once jaw-dropping and deeply marked by decades of fiber art wisdom.

Not only is his design work stunning, but he truly imbibes the spirit of a natural dyer, expressing the mysterious and intriguing process of indigo dyeing.   It seems that the recent revival of indigo dyeing, has been very much inspired by his global work and education.  Thank you Aboubakar for your contemporary take on this beautiful tradition!





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