‘How Natural Dyes Are Made From Nuts, Leaves and Roots In Gambia’ – a short film shot, and co-produced by Jason Florio
Natural dyes from kola nuts and indigo have been used to make tie-dye in Gambia for generations. But more and more artisans have been replacing these traditional ingredients with imported chemical dyes. Today, Musa Jaiteh is the last artisan in his town in Gambia still using only natural dyes and traditional techniques – Insider Business | Still Standing series
Huge thanks to Rheem Makhoul, Nikita Grant, Theresa Zhang at Insider Business; Sheikh Tijan Secka, Ismaila Badjan at STS Pictures, Magi Ralph at The African Fabric Shop for the introduction to Musa – and her vast expertise and knowledge on all things African textiles – and, the biggest thanks to Musa Jaiteh for inviting us into his home, in The Gambia, allowing us to share his very special artisanship and beautiful work for everyone to see. Respect.
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