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#Little : Mali is recognized as the homeland of the “basin”. In addition to the quality of the fabric, the ingenuity of the craftsmen in terms of patterns and color combinations has made Malian dyeing an art that the entire country is proud of.

Who in West Africa doesn’t dream of wearing a boubou basin from Mali for the holidays? The notoriety of the Malian Basin is widely recognized at the regional level. And the capital of Mali is considered the undisputed capital of craft dyeing in West Africa. There are several dyeing workshops and the sector employs several thousand people, especially women. It is a craft activity based on the tradition of natural indigo dyeing that has been practiced for centuries in Mali and the West African region.

Malian bazin derives its quality from the wealth of colors used, the patterns that decorate the fabrics and the quality of the bazin fabric (pure cotton).


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All these elements make the Malian basin highly sought after in the sub-region, to the extent that some women swear by the Malian boubous, which sometimes costs a fortune. Malian dyers use a total of 12 dye products (synthetic dyes). However, thanks to their ingenuity and the combination of colors, they managed to multiply them and offer multi-colored models that are in great demand among pool lovers.

Malian basins are thus exported throughout the region and beyond, to countries where the West African diaspora is concentrated, especially in France, Germany and the United States.

The 360Afrique camera focused on this activity, which has become an art that Malians are proud of.

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