Made in Mali – Bonded by love – Made by hand – Joined with joy – Textile Art – Organic Cotton – In harmony with nature – A slow process – A cultural heritage – A gift to our children – Textile Totems – Woven by hand – One-of-a-kind – Made by young and old – Dyed with herbs – Painted with mud – Skilled crafts – A coming together – Of past and present – Of faith and trust – A collection to collect – Working together – A dance of rhythm – A song of the earth – In the flow of now – From father to son – Learned and passed on – From hand to hand – From mother to mother – Applied arts – From master to student – Patterns for wellbeing – Pure products – Hands that create – Products with soul – From us to you!

Atelier Autodidacts Anti-Algorithms (AAAA)
is a cooperation of Artisans from Mali.

The Bogolan connects us, not only to our land and past,
but also, to our future, and it gives us unlimited possibilities
in the present.

The Bogolan, or Bògòlanfini, is an original Malian textile art.
The Bogolan (made of mud) is a traditional handmade
Malian cotton fabric (finimugu) dyed with fermented mud.

Creating a Bogolan is a labor-intensive cooperation
between people and place.

All stages of the making of our AAAA Bogolans are done by hand.
From picking the cotton, spinning, weaving, dyeing and painting.

Our AAAA Bogolan is created in harmony with nature.

We use locally grown herbs to dye
and mud from the Niger river to paint the patterns.

The native plants used hold medicinal properties.

Traditionally the cloth is believed to have the power to absorb
dangerous forces released in life-threatening circumstances.

That is why a Bogolan is also referred to as ‘medicine cloth’. 

Our ancestors taught us to make patterns holding
a variety of protective and beneficial properties.
We learned from our ancestors and like to pass it on
but with a contemporary twist.

Our symbol language is filled with meaning
to support wellbeing during our passage through life.

Making a Bogolan is a true slow art process and product.

With a minimal of means we create
products that speak the language of the soul.

Our logo is a simple.

The line of 4 A’s.

The first letter of the Alphabet.

We are, and like to stay beginners.

Our patterns may repeat themselves, but not one is the same.

The AAAA Bogolan is made with love
and every piece is unique.

The imperfections you may find in the weaving,
print designs, or embroidery make our products perfect.

Thank you for buying our product.

This enables us to connect with the market and become
self-supporting in the end.

We love to hear and see how you give our labor of love a home.
Share, connect, follow and learn about us on instagram.

instagram: @aaaacoop
mail: hello@aaaacoop.com

Background

July 2018 Paris.
Thanks to Simone Cipriani (EFI) three women, Lidewij Edelkoort,
Birgitta de Vos and Haram Sidibe, came together in Paris to commit
themselves to support textile artisans in Mali.

AAAA was born.

Together with the artisans they revived the creative
and cultural heritage of the artisans in Mali.
An amazing product range came into being respecting
the traditional skills of weaving, dyeing, and hand painting
while adding a contemporary twist.

July 2019 Amsterdam. Atelier Sukha joyfully accepted
to support the artisans from Mali, their families and
the one-of-a-kind AAAA products.

Atelier Autodidacts Anti-Algorithms (AAAA)
is supported by the Ethical Fashion and Lifestyle Initiative | EFI;
a program of the International Trade Centre | ITC,
an agency of the United Nations and financed by
the European Union emergency trust fund for Africa | EUTF.

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