MY LAST TRIP TO SENEGAL, AFRICA

I,m happy to share with you some photos of my trip to Senegal. I met lovely people, I also stayed with the "Manufactures senegalais des Arts decoratifs" team, weavers who make handmade carpets and wallhangings, fisherman who shared their technic with me, basket makers who teach me how to weave african baskets and a long list of authentic artisans with an enormous generosity and love. All of this was a wonderful experience, I´m so excited for all the inspiration I had during this journey and all the senegal friends I met!

Making fishnet in a Peulh Village, man work fishing and women just make food and take care of 9 to 15 children they have. Man also have from 1 to 4 women, sleeping 2 days with each one....normally these women are even 25 younger than man.

Making fishnet in a Peulh Village, man work fishing and women just make food and take care of 9 to 15 children they have. Man also have from 1 to 4 women, sleeping 2 days with each one....normally these women are even 25 younger than man.

Fisherman getting ready their fishnet.

Fisherman getting ready their fishnet.

Fishnet

Fishnet

Saint Louis, it has one of the most populous neighborhoods in the world, in just 1 square meter live 70.000 people.

Saint Louis, it has one of the most populous neighborhoods in the world, in just 1 square meter live 70.000 people.

Amazing pink lake we found in our way to the Peulh Village, even people from Saint Louis don´t know about this incredible lake. There is also a big one very famous in Senegal.

Amazing pink lake we found in our way to the Peulh Village, even people from Saint Louis don´t know about this incredible lake. There is also a big one very famous in Senegal.

African carpets pattens

African carpets pattens

Typical J´s from central Senegal made with recycled cloths

Typical J´s from central Senegal made with recycled cloths

Manufactures senegalaises des Arts decoratifs, the complex was divided into different departments, one (above) for women who weave carpets using "persa" knot. As you see in pics the loom is big and robust and the technic is the same than french tapestry, they draw the detail on the warp and then weave using always the same knot.

Wool samples with the references. They buy it to Belgium. 

Below wool samples and weaving designer drawing the carpets and weavings details in real size (everything handmade, no computer no machines). This belongs to the second department (designers, all man)

The 3º department is the handwoven wallhanging, they work up to 8 month in a big size weaving. I could not take pics to the designs because is forbidden but I can say it is Afican style with bright colors, most of them figurative and they never use textures.

Thies is all about weaving, on the road from Saint Loius to Thies you just find a big basket market, an explosion of color and good design, I´ve been learning their technic with a sweet family, really amazing experience!

Thies is all about weaving, on the road from Saint Loius to Thies you just find a big basket market, an explosion of color and good design, I´ve been learning their technic with a sweet family, really amazing experience!

Weaving with a really old school loom, it was impossible for me to control pedals.... they make bags and runner table with this technic.

African sunset

African sunset

belen senra

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