Organic Indigo

Sublime Framed Print

Organic Indigo

Sublime Framed Print

44.5" W x 44.5" H
Printed
Mali
$1,695 Sale

This St. Frank archival print is a replica of the delicate textile pieces created in the Bamako workshop of... READ MORE

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Provenance

Printed
Mali

This St. Frank archival print is a replica of the delicate textile pieces created in the Bamako workshop of Aboubakar Fofana. As a calligrapher, artist, and textile designer, Fofana studied in Japan and France, as well as Mali. These trades and diverse cultures strongly influence his work. Fofana is driven by a passion to preserve and revitalize West Africa's nearly lost tradition of natural indigo dyeing. To do this, Fofana studied with the finest living indigo dye masters while developing his craft. The artist also grows organic cotton and indigo to make his own dyes, systematically training local craftsman and farmers in these sustainable practices.

Through a careful process, indigo can produce a vast palette of blue hues; traditional dyers would ask their customers' color preferences from the palest sky to the deepest midnight. Dye vats alone take a full week to prepare and require daily stirring. The un-dyed cloth is pinched, sewn, and tied according to precise patterns. Once dye is applied to the material, the ties are removed, revealing patterns of lines, dots, or tracery.

In ancient times, from opulent Egypt to stark West Africa, fabric has been dyed a mysterious, beautiful blue. This indigo, or "gold blue," is a sign of prestige and a symbol of the passage from the world of the living to that of the dead - the link between heaven and earth. The intrinsic significance of the medium of vegetable dye reinforces the underlying theme of the changing nature of matter.

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This archival print is float-mounted on a natural linen, which provides a 1" border between the print and frame. The piece is offered in three sizes and several of framing options. The print itself is subtly blind embossed with our monogram in the bottom right hand corner when the print is hung vertically. The frame is equipped with wire to be hung either vertically or horizontally.

Framed textiles are custom framed once they are ordered. Allow 4-5 weeks for framing and delivery. Expedited options may be available by emailing service@stfrank.com.

This item may be returned within 30 days of delivery. Due to the difficulty of packaging and shipping of Sublime size art, St. Frank will charge a fee for returning art of this size. Please contact us for further information.

Provenance

This St. Frank archival print is a replica of the delicate textile pieces created in the Bamako workshop of Aboubakar Fofana. As a calligrapher, artist, and textile designer, Fofana studied in Japan and France, as well as Mali. These trades and diverse cultures strongly influence his work. Fofana is driven by a passion to preserve and revitalize West Africa's nearly lost tradition of natural indigo dyeing. To do this, Fofana studied with the finest living indigo dye masters while developing his craft. The artist also grows organic cotton and indigo to make his own dyes, systematically training local craftsman and farmers in these sustainable practices.

Through a careful process, indigo can produce a vast palette of blue hues; traditional dyers would ask their customers' color preferences from the palest sky to the deepest midnight. Dye vats alone take a full week to prepare and require daily stirring. The un-dyed cloth is pinched, sewn, and tied according to precise patterns. Once dye is applied to the material, the ties are removed, revealing patterns of lines, dots, or tracery.

In ancient times, from opulent Egypt to stark West Africa, fabric has been dyed a mysterious, beautiful blue. This indigo, or "gold blue," is a sign of prestige and a symbol of the passage from the world of the living to that of the dead - the link between heaven and earth. The intrinsic significance of the medium of vegetable dye reinforces the underlying theme of the changing nature of matter.