WEAVING FOR CHANGE - BURKINA FASO
I am very happy to tell you more about my partnership with the UNHCR Refugee Artisan Project. A project I have been working on for a few months now. I had the chance to travel to Ouagadougou and Dori in the Sahel Regions of Burkina Faso to collaborate with Malian refugees who possess unique traditional skills of weaving. These crafts hold a great potential and we believe strongly that they should be brought to light.
Indeed international markets’ consumers are seeking more and more meaningful and authentic artisanal goods. This one of a kind collaboration aims at enabling refugees to become self-reliant and earn decent income while sustaining their artistic traditions.
Our collaboration will consist of a home interior line mixing traditional weaving techniques and contemporary designs.
Merging my expertise as a designer with their exceptional skills and motivation is a new step in the development of my brand and I am looking forward to sharing more with you once launched at the end of 2017!
In the mean time here is a snippet of the beginning of our collaboration.
Words by Neith Assogbavi