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on perfection (and indigo)

Did you know that you’re perfect ?

Bamako west africa traditional fabric teach woman workshop

In case you needed to hear it …

traditional local fabric design workshop sew

Not perfect like that. Not in the ways you wish for when no one’s looking. Not in the ways that nibble at your edges and wear them down sometimes.

Mali Bamako west africa traditional local design symbol fabric dye

You’re perfect in the sense of whole.





You’re perfect like a stretch of indigo cloth: nobody is looking at those few ragged threads, and faded fibers have character.


But the long view, the full view, the ensemble: it’s miraculous, it’s delightful, it’s perfection.

Bamako indigo fabric dye workshop blanket blue

And so are you.




Images from a Malian indigo atelier, put on by

Sékou Tours.

Indigo is a lesser-known Malian miracle, the little sister of

Bogolan. See this beautiful  article on one of Mali’s

indigo stars.


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