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BEHIND THE TEXTILE // THE BAULE COLLECTION

July 02, 2019 1 min read

LOCATION: Côte d’Ivoire

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Textiles are distinguished by what makes them special - allowing them to tell a story through their use.

African Indigo Baule

The Baule [baw-le] people is one of the largest ethnic groups in the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast of Africa). These Master Artisans have been practicing the craft of weaving for centuries. Taking about ten years to learn, a Master Baule Weaver must become an expert in how to design, spin, thread, weave, and build their loom. Each textile is carefully crafted by hand, creating a unique work of art.

 

master weaver for baule

The Process:

  • Cotton is locally grown in Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Once harvested, the raw cotton is spun on a machine into large clumps of thread then hand-spun onto spools and threaded onto the looms.
  • The cotton is dyed using organic materials and sunshine.
  • Once on the loom, the raw cotton is woven by foot and hand into long narrow strips of cloth using a complex system of peddles, wood slats, and dowels (all built by the Master Artisans themselves).
  • As the cloth is woven, it’s rolled onto a thick dowel.
  • Upon completion, the dowel is removed and individual strips are cut and zig-zagged stitched together, creating the final pattern.

hand woven baule fabric

It is our mission to help these countries and more by creating jobs that empower other artists and communities. Your purchases with Colin and Finn help us promote this cause and global sustainability - and we thank you.

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[Photos courtesy of: Homies, Five and Six Textiles, and Colin and Finn]