Mali born and based, indigo artist Aboubakar Fofana is on a quest to preserve and restore his native country’s once popular art of indigo and vegetable dyeing. Driven by a passion to maintain his country’s cultural heritage, Fofana travels the globe teaching his craft and showing his pieces of contemporary art created using ancient techniques.
Organic cottons grown using sustainable farming practices in Africa are used in Fofana’s work, giving each piece a unique individual characteristic. The bed linen and throws are in our sights for adding a little indigo punch to bedrooms and sofas this summer.
After viewing the product first hand last week in store at Hermon and Hermon we were lucky enough to meet the textile artist and listen to him retell tales of the first time that he made the discovery of a green plant that could produce a blue stain.
30 years on, Fofana is still in awe of and humbled by the beauty of nature and is as wide-eyed as he was then, as he recounts his story of the fateful day that he discovered the indigo hue.
For a short time only, if you’re lucky enough to be in Melbourne, you can see Aboubakar Fofana’s works and buy his pieces at Hermon and Hermon. We suggest you run, don’t walk.