Cotton dyed with indigo is a traditional Dogon outfit in Mali. This indigo dyeing technique is very common in traditional West African society. It is the most commonly used natural pigment. The traditional method is to ferment the indigo leaf.
For this Lepi model, we selected a raw indigo canvas with patterns illustrating the sickles. These motifs symbolize the traditional environment between crafts and agriculture in which dyers bathe.
We associate this model with the Ugandan black lubbugo, a tree bark inscribed in UNESCO’s intangible heritage. To obtain black colouring, the bark is entered for several days in order to benefit from oxidation of the earth. Tree bark is also an ecological alternative to leather.