Faso Dan Fani Workshop

By Ara Couture

‘Faso dan Fani, the woven loincloth of the homeland. Wearing Faso Dan Fani is an economic, cultural and political act of resistance to imperialism. We must not be slaves to what others produce.’

Faso dan Fani is a traditional textile from Burkina Faso. It is a hand-woven fabric in heavy cotton with coloured stripes, often in silk. Its production dates back to the 17th century, among the Marka peoples in present-day Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea. Since 1985, the fabric has been regarded as a national symbol for Burkina Faso, as a means of uniting the country’s people after throwing off French colonial rule. 

About the artist:

Ara Couture is a sustainable fashion designer, born in Burkina Faso, who was based in Italy and now in Antwerp,  Belgium. Passionate about Burkina Faso’s textile traditions and prints, she creates designs that pay homage to her roots in a contemporary way. A strong advocate for eco-friendly fashion, each piece reflects her dedication to ethical practices. 

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