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Aissa Dione (Textiles, Senegal)
Aïssa Dione: Dogon Woven Textiles © Bruno Deméocq– Featured in Contemporary Design Africa © Thames & Hudson
Aissa Dione is an award-winning Senegalese textile designer whose textiles have set the standard for African luxury products. A pioneer of West Africa's contemporary textile industry, Aissa Dione combines traditional techniques with modern ones, adapting the old to suit the demands of contemporary lifestyles. She began her workshop in 1992 and sought to modernize traditional Mandjaque weaving with contemporary colours, patterns and locally-sourced raw materials. Her efforts resulted in sophisticated designs that have been commissioned by discerning designers and fashion houses, including Christian Liaigre and Hermes.