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'I make all kinds of b˛g˛lanfini, from many materials, because I work in a different technical dimension than its originators.' -- Chris Seydou
The use of mud cloth to create contemporary fashions continues in Mali through the work of three major design groups: Atelier Jamana, Groupe B˛g˛lan Kosebane, and Atelier Chris Seydou - a group of tailors who once sewed Chris Seydou's fashions. Atelier Chris Seydou now create their own clothing line using b˛g˛lanfini as well as indigo-dyed cotton textiles, marketing their clothes through the Santoro gallery in Bamako, Mali. The success of Seydou and others has inspired young designers to experiment with a range of Malian hand-dyed and hand-woven fabrics.