Most West African countries have considerable ethnic diversity. This is also the case in Burkina Faso, a country of 274,000 km2 with a population of nearly 18,000,000 inhabitants, which include a mosaic of nearly 60 different ethnic and linguistic groups.

Among these, there are the Senoufos. Their territorial area consists of southwestern Burkina Faso, southern Mali and northern Côte d’Ivoire. They are thus straddling these 3 countries. The Senoufos are farming people focusing on growing cereals as well as cotton.

It appears that cotton is highly relevant for the existence of Senoufos. Indeed, it is at the base of their cultural clothing and is of ordinary importance. To do this, cotton is grown in the family field. This means that its culture involves all members of the household (men, women and children of working age).

It thus appears that the process of artisanal transformation of cotton into fabric strips is immersed in the context of beliefs, rituals and traditions for the Senoufo, like social cohesion, food and nutrition security, income generation as well as women’s empowerment.

The project “WU FYEREBOWE” pursues the following two results:

– the content of the Senoufos’ cultural clothing identity and its link with development is known and disseminated

– the traditional Senoufo clothing production tools are listed and displayed

Project Type

Other social infrastructure and services

Project Duration

01/10/2018 to 31/12/2019

Status

Completed

Country

Burkina Faso / Mali

Region

Koloko (Burkina Faso) and Finkolo (Mali)

Donor(s)

UNESCO, HOPE'87