Manjak Fabric : A journey into the senegalese weaving tradition
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Lauren here again, reporting from Senegal. The last time we met on the Obatala blog, we were admiring the deep, saturated hues and rich history of Indigo fabrics produced in Senegal and neighboring countries.

This time, in line with the previous posts on gorgeous woven Kente cloth, we will dive into « pagne tissé », another type of traditional woven fabric, which has a long tradition here in Senegal.

textiles Manjak or Pagne Tisse of Senegal
Pagne tissé Manjak, on display at CAMEE (Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers de l’Élégance) in St. Louis, Senegal.

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An Indigo-colored dream; Searching for “blue gold” at MUFEM in Dakar
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African indigo textiles, with their dark, rich hues and ethereal, geometric motifs have become a recent trend in Western home décor. They are among some of my favorite prints – I remember going through stacks of them on my first trip to Sandaga market in downtown Dakar, in absolute awe of each and every print.

But where exactly does this fabric come from and how is it made? The exhibit entitled “Sur les Traces de l’Or Bleu / Mémoire de l’Indigo Au Sénégal” at La Musee de la Femme Henriette Bathilly in Dakar brings visitors into the world of local fabric makers to answer these questions.

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