Hi there EF folk,
We are Michael Hili and Donna Phibbs, textile documentary maker and a designer. We are undertaking a project we hope you may be interested in.
We are documenting Aboubakar Fofana's remarkable initiative in Mali and would like to ask your help to promote our project directly or through your network.
We believe this is a project that appeals to all textile enthusiasts.
To give you a brief outline: Aboubakar Fofana has spent the last 30 years of his life working to understand and revive natural indigo dying in West Africa and has made it his life's mission to teach the local rural people of Mali - particularly women the ancient methods of cultivating and dying with the indigo plant. His project will create an income for locals, teach them about permeaculture and support organic cotton farming in the region.
We are both Sydney based artists. Michael a costume designer for film and theatre and myself a costume maker. We are both very passionate about the preservation of textile art and indigo dying which is how we became involved with Aboubakar.
We are documenting this project for two reasons: firstly because it is just such a wonderful initiative and should be documented but more importantly because this project will be used as a model for other parts of West Africa. As less than half the people in this region are illiterate, video is the best form of communication.
How it could benefit you: By pledging anything over $20 you will have access to the documentary footage.
As the documentary will be shot in several stages alongside the project you will be able to watch it's progress grow. There are some other great incentive if you wish to be more involved like filming diaries with farming and dying notes and hand dyed pieces.
Thank you for taking the time to have a look. If you would like to speak about this further we would love to start a conversation with you.
Michael and Donna