At the end of 2020, back in my country after several years in France, I want to create a sustainable textile label that will draw all its resources from the local textile art heritage and that will fully include those who practice and safeguard it, Falé.

The absence of natural textile material in my country, the extinction of the traditional know-how of its cultures pushed me in some extremes exceeding the intention of creating a form. Michelangelo once wrote "Art lives by constraints and dies by freedom.

In my opinion, Falé is like a dogmatic myth, one that belongs to our African oral traditions. It is rooted in the ethnic peoples of Sahelian Africa, through artisanal weaving. It permutes in a pagan Africa, dressing the dead, to a religious Africa covering the genetical part of women.

Even today, among the seereer and mandingo people, many healers use it to make téré *.

Its been attributed from one gender to another, without complexity. Starting off as a man work before becoming that of a woman.With its value of an empirical nature, it has fully played the role of currency and has maintained this role up until the beginning of the 20th century being used as matrimonial compensations, especially among the Fulani.For many African people, Falé is the cultural tradition of turning cotton into yarn by hand.

Wolof being the most common language spoken in the city where I grew up,

Fulani and Bambara being that of my mother,

Soninke, that of my father,

And Seereer that of the region in which I live,

"Falé" means and evokes exactly the same thing.

And it is precisely my desire to highlight the value of our traditional and multicultural African know-how that will set up my creative process.

Fatim Soumaré, Co-founder