Textiles in Mali
by Rachel Hoffman
Formerly University of California, Los Angeles
At the Ende Village Market, women arrive wearing a great variety of cloth, ready to sell produce from small, personal gardens. Like weavers who combine work at their looms with conversation, for women the market is a time both for making pocket money and for dressing up and socializing. Grains, such as millet, are displayed in dried gourds; fish, onions, and herbal seasonings are bartered in exchange for other goods. In the center background, a woman wears warp-pattern indigo strips sewn at the selvages to form a wrap-around skirt. To the far right, boloti has been woven into warp-pattern strips and is worn by a woman as a wrap-around skirt in the same way as she would wear more traditional cloth.