The Ethical Fashion Initiative is a programme of the International Trade Centre,
a joint agency of the United Nations and the
World Trade Organisation.
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In Mali, a major cotton producer on the continent, the Ethical Fashion Initiative works in partnership with workshops producing ‘Dalifini’ (ngaga and saran). Workshops here are specialised in natural dyeing, in particular indigo dye and the traditional ‘Bogolan’ (mud dyeing) technique.
In Mali, the Initiative is building a state of the art production hub for natural dyes in Segou. This centre, conceived with environmentally friendly processes, will enable us to scale up the production artisanally dyed fabrics.
Since 2018, the project in Mali expanded to work with Touareg jewellers. This nomadic community works out of simple but sophisticated mobile workshops, from which they produce silver, bronze and copper jewellery.
The programme in Mali 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