Video. Mauritania: Discovering Batik Dyeing Specialists

#Mauritania : Far beyond Bamako, on the banks of the Djoliba, the traditional name of the Niger River, the art of batik, which uses rich and varied styles to dye fabrics and clothing, is widespread in West Africa. Immerse yourself in the world of painters from Nouakchott.

Batik dyeing in Mauritania was primarily a job done by women from the Soninké ethnic component, one of the country’s four ethnic groups. However, over time, the scope of this practice has greatly expanded.

Immersing yourself in the world of Nouakchott’s painters allows you to meet these craftsmen, some of whom have been in the business for over 50 years and earn a decent living thanks to their dexterity and expertise acquired over decades.

Illustration with Fatimat NDiaye. “I arrived in Nouakchott in 1966. I have been painting for several decades. In the beginning, we bought fabrics to dye and sell to customers. Over time, with greater mastery of the task, we began to get clothes to dye. Prices vary depending on the model. We currently dye between 250 and 350 ouguiya (between 6 and 8 euros) for a boubou. This job allowed me to realize my life through many things: building houses, going to Mecca… I am grateful to Allah”.

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Amadou Touré, product salesman, testifies. “I have known Fatima Ndiaye for a long time. I regularly sell him products. This is proof that it has a large number of customers, orders, due to the good quality of its services”.

Aminata Amadou Diop, a painter in charge of the organization, talks about family relations and work with her aunt Fatimata. In addition to dyeing, she takes care of secretarial tasks by recording the date, nature of orders and elements of compliance when removing clothes to avoid the risk of confusion.

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Khadija Samba Dieng has also been working as a dyer for several years. An income generating activity (IGA) that enables him to earn a living. However, he regrets the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to a dizzying increase in the prices of products needed for painting, which was reflected in the price of the service. A new offer that many customers do not understand.

Finally, Cheikh Touré, an employee, declares his satisfaction with his relationship with his employer. A good atmosphere that creates optimal conditions with which a dozen employed dyers can process 150, and sometimes 300 pieces in a working day.

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