Textiles in Mali

by Rachel Hoffman
Formerly University of California, Los Angeles

Two weavers in a market stall. Dogon peoples, village of Ende, Mali. Photo by Rachel Hoffman.


Here, in the Dogon village of Ende, near Bandiagara, two weavers occupy a market stall. Many Dogon villages rotate markets with four neighboring villages, each village then hosting the market every five days. The weavers at Ende sell undyed cotton both in a narrow strip, as it comes woven from the loom, and in narrow strips sewn together at the selvages to create fabric in widths sufficient to make clothing and blankets.