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a joint agency of the United Nations and the
World Trade Organisation.
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One of the most important cotton producers on the African continent, Burkina Faso has a strong tradition of textile production. A labour intensive process involving predominantly women, strengthening this sector leads to job creation and allows us to create substantial social impact.
Here the Ethical Initiative works with a network of 15 weaving ateliers that produce ‘Faso Danfani’ (meaning woven dyed yarn) the quintessential Burkinabé textile.
Stripes are the signature style of handwoven danfani fabric, however artisans are able to weave complex tartan and hounds-tooth fabric designs.
The introduction of wide looms, allowing the production of a 120cm wide cloth has made this fabric attractive to international buyers, including EDUN, Vivienne Westwood and United Arrows. Through investment in training and equipment, the Ethical Fashion Initiative is building production capability in the cotton industry here.
The project in Burkina Faso started in 2014 with funding from the SECO. This was followed by funding from the EU’s ACP fund, and since 2017 by the EU’s Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.
Weaver, AZPF Weavers
President of CABES
Weaver, AFEPO Weavers