Sierra Leone, Country Cloth Communities Development Initiative, Weaving
The Country Cloth Communities Development Initiative supports cotton farmers of Sierra Leone and promotes organic cotton production by collaborating with communities for their weaving project. They also support sustainable forest management in obtaining natural dyes. The demand for cotton has led to scarcity in Sierra Leone. Only a committed business partner who offers long-term financial security over short-term gain can provide the incentives for sustainable farming of cotton and forest management.
The weaving communities produce traditional country cloth using looms only local to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The cloth is made from organically-farmed cotton and spun into yarn which is then dyed with local plant dyes. Their commitment to art and design means that all kinds of natural dyes are used to produce beautiful pieces of cloth for community-based products. Their style of weaving is very unique. The Country Cloth Communities Development Initiative is committed to only using cotton to make thick cloth for homeware blankets; light linen cloths for dresses or trousers; and medium weight cloth for traditional pieces for the local community. They also produce matching products in unique style for wedding gift sets, coordinating colours and monogramming to create traditional pieces. The more traditional products are called bogolan pieces which depict the mende art from over 1000 symbols which all hold different meanings.