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Country Cloth: Scenes from a life in Makeni

November 06, 2012

November 6, 2012

It's a nerve wracking day for any of us tuned into the US elections but we thought we would share with you some scenes from the making of country cloth (kpokpo) for Dar Leone in Makeni, Sierra Leone. 

The weavers are working on tripod looms to make this heritage Sierra Leonean cloth which is woven in strips onto a spool and then sewn together to make one cloth. The scenes today remain incredibly similar to the scenes of weaving in the 1960's and 70's. What has changed is the type of fabric used, as locally grown cotton is scarce and there are a lot less artisans learning to weave. 

Later and fingers crossed today ends well!!