He now divides his time between Bamako, where he has an atelier, Paris and Tokyo, and travels all over the world, sharing his skills and knowledge. He is a calligrapher as well, he studied the art in Japan.
Indigo: In Search of the Colour that Seduced the World by Catherine E. McKinley.)
There is a mystical and a spiritual element to his work, where West African and Japanese cultures meet. He talks about this in an interview with Selvedge magazine:
He … likens the approach to natural indigo dyeing in Japan and west Africa as remarkably similar considering the physical distance separating the cultures. 'Japanese culture has Shinto and west Africa animism; they are exactly the same … In west Africa you say a prayer to the indigo gods to bless a new born indigo vat, in Japan you offer sake to the indigo god to bless a new vat,' he explains of the rituals that inform the process. (Jessica Hemmings)photo credit:
1, 6-9: Lauren Barkume Photography / 2-3: François Goudier via Atelier Courbet / 4-5: via Selvedge