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Faso Danfani

Faso Danfani

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FASO DAN FANI : THE WOVEN LOINCLOTH OF THE HOMELAND MADE IN BURKINA

FASO DAN FANI: woven loincloth of the fatherland. If it is a symbol of Burkinabe patriotism, the Faso dan Fani is it. In a country where the cultivation of cotton, not genetically modified, is one of the first national incomes and where the tradition of weaving is very old, these heavy cotton loincloths have very quickly become essential for the manufacture of both traditional and contemporary clothing. 

It was when Captain Thomas Sankara came to power in the mid-1980s that Faso Dan Fani became a national symbol and the promoter of local know-how.

Determined to promote the emancipation of women through work and the development of national productions, Thomas Sankara imposed by decree the wearing of faso dan fani clothing to his civil servants.

"Wearing faso dan fani is an economic, cultural and political act of defiance against imperialism," said Thomas Sankara, whose political inspiration was essentially based on communism and anti-colonialism.

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