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Published: 23 February 2023

By Andy Ross

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A fabric called indigo

In Benin indigo has been making a comeback.

Indigo cloth has traditionally been used to designate mourning and widowhood. That is why, in recent years, its use has been declining in the country. As new, imported fabrics have been introduced to the markets so indigo has lost out. In Benin, where indigo means a cloth as well as a colour, a 100% Beninese cloth is being made and sold again. The business is the vision of Nadia Andale, an entrepreneur who established the company fifteen years ago in Ouidah and who employs people with disabilities in her workforce, as reported by the BBC and Africa on Air.