Faso Dan Fani – From Ouagadougou to the world
The Ethical Fashion Initiative has been working in Burkina Faso, the biggest African cotton producer and exporter, since 2014. Based in Ouagadougou, we have partnered with social enterprise CABES to develop traditional ‘Faso Dan Fani’ fabric for the international market through a large network of weavers.
Burkina Faso is a major producer of cotton, and artisans have developed a beautiful technique to develop this material into the traditional Burkinabé ‘Faso Dan Fani’ cloth.
When we started working here some women had no background in weaving but decided to join the cooperatives and develop a new skill set. Before this opportunity arose, some artisans collected sand gravel and wood to sell as a way to provide for their families.
Today some of the cooperatives that we work here have over 100 weavers, and they have become the centre of the communities.