Burkina Leather

This is another workshop held with local craftsmen in Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso. The objective was to stimulate their creativity and think of new products that could revitalised their businesses. Goat leather is extremely thin, therefore is mainly used to wrap other materials, such as cardboard, plastic, wood... Together, we tried to apply the same technique on different artefacts. Together with precious assistant Aminata, we went to the local market to see if there could be something else to use as a base for new products. We found one vendor selling plastic bowls from Asia and other African Countries. Result was impressive, as the leather worker, completed the objects with a lid and gave to it a new identity. Here are some of the prototypes.

Later, we adopted the same process to containers recovered from trash.

This project is broadly illustrated in the book “Made in Burkina”. Read it online, download the PDF or buy your printed copy

More information about the project can be found by following this link.

Year: 2010

Description: A series of workshops with local craftsmen in Ouahigouya (Burkina Faso) aiming to stimulate their creativity and innovation.