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« My name is Aissa Dione and I am Franco-Senegalese, though my business is entirely based in Senegal. We are honored to be the first African business to participate in this salon. I think that Africa is an untapped reservoir for primary materials, as everybody knows, and traditional techniques that must be recovered and adapted to the contemporary world. This is the approach of our company.
Among the characteristic techniques of West Africa, hand-weaving stands out. Outside of Senegal, where I developed my business, I have also accomplished textile development missions in Burkina Faso and Togo. I have also met with weavers in Nigeria. Between the regions of West Africa, there are commonalities.
West Africa is full of weaving techniques, which is not the case in East or South Africa, for example. There are an enormous amount of native plants that may be used to produce natural dyes. It is extraordinary what one can find in West Africa. There is a focus on two technique categories: dyeing and weaving. And each country brings their own style, spirit and methods. »