After Burkina Faso declined the production a cause of genetically modified crops, Mali became the first Africa’s cotton producer.

In 2018/2019 the cotton crop has reached a record-production of 750,000 tonnes.

As a state monopoly, the vast majority of the cotton crop is processed in the Chinese-Malian owned Comatex factory of Segou.

The rest is still spun and woven according to traditional techniques in the villages.

©Michele Cattani / AFP

Fabric’s brand: Niarela Rue 420