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Koko Fofana & Zimako Coulibaly
weavers, Ivory Coast

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Koko and Zimako are traditional Dyula weavers from northern Ivory Coast. Their fathers taught them to weave at an early age; by age 10, when their legs were long enough, each got a loom.

Each August Fofana and Coulibaly give workshops in Europe, as representatives of their Craft Cooperative, UGAN. They teach traditional weaving and dyeing techniques in Switzerland's Museum of Cultures in Basle Ballenberg's open air museum in Brienz and in Germany's Linden Museum in Stuttgart. These workshops attract textile professionals from all over the world.

In the workshops, students learn all steps in the weaving process and also how to set up the African loom. Their classes for children have become a regular feature in Muttenz near Basle, where you can see children wearing the Dyula shirts they wove.

Click on the 'portfolio' link for examples of their weavings, traditional patterns adapted to contemporary uses, and photographs of Fofana and Coulibaly with workshop participants.

these pages submitted to by Louise Meyer,
Jun. 2007 -- last updated, Nov. 2022