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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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 – <<patricia.gerimont@hotmail.com >>

Photo courtesy : Patricia Gerimont

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