Banlieue Project

Discovering West African fabrics: Maimouna's design workshops in French suburbs

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In this edition, Banlieue Project visits Ile-Saint-Denis and northern Paris for a glimpse of the world of wax, bazin and bogolan – West African fabrics. We meet Maimouna Traoré, who combines the colourful textiles with her design experience to give school dropouts in France a second chance.

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Banlieue Project is a platform for residents of France's disadvantaged suburbs to tell their own stories. We provide the camera and they film their experiences to break down clichés about the French "banlieues".

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