'I make all kinds of b˛g˛lanfini, from many materials, because I work in a different technical dimension than its originators.' -- Chris Seydou
In the 1980s clothing designers began applying b˛g˛lanfini techniques in their contemporary works. Chris Seydou, who pioneered this movement, got his start in the tailor shops of Mali, at age 16. He first designed Bˇgˇlan clothing in Paris, at 26. Seydou embraced Malian mud cloth as part of his heritage and delighted in its graphic quality. He simplified the older patterns, creating designs that he tailored into Western-style mini-skirts and jackets.