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Recommended Viewing:Dames de Couleurs

Anthropologist and African textile lover, Patricia Gerimont takes us on a journey of brocade and indigo across Bamako and Dogon in Africa.



Sanata and Dicko are dyers in Mali. Sanata produces coloured bazin (brocade) fabrics with her co-wives in Bamako. Dicko lives in the bush in Dogon country and dyes loincloths using indigo. They have amazing skills, and yet both constantly face the same challenge: ensuring a decent life for their children.


As viewers, we see hints of the similarities and differences between these craftswomen, both in the practice of their art and their economic and social levels. Produced by Patricia Gerimont and Jean-Claude Taburlaux the DVD is available for purchase from Centre Vidéo de Bruxelles .


Patricia Gerimont is the author of Teinturieres a Bamako: Quand la couleur sort de sa reserve (Ibis, 2008) which is considered one of the best books on African textile traditions. More recently, she published Bazins du Mali: Du textile vestimentaire à la création contemporaine on the occasion of bazins exhibition at the Maison de Culture, Tournai.

The books can be purchased by reaching out to Patricia directly – << >>

Photo courtesy : Patricia Gerimont

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