Indigo dyeing or ‘Gara’ has a lengthy history as well as a major role in the economies and cultures of West African countries.
The term 'Gara' can refer to West-African dyed fabric in general, but originally referred specifically to material dyed with the gara plant.
As someone who has made tie dye such an integral part of their process since day one - Gara Dye as a tradition spoke to Raquel's heart
Shine On Sierra Leone + Tiffany was able to introduce Raquel to a local artisan who shared her technique with RA, turning the teacher into the student
The result was a deep love and bond created and cemented through art and the practice of it
"I went there with an open mind - not knowing whether or not I had something to contribute, or whether I had something to learn.
I left feeling like there had been a beautiful human exchange. Understanding the value of supporting this creative business, and knowing that resources were given to fund materials and establish her mentorship in the town provides me with a deep sense of gratitude."
ABOVE + BELOW: Raquel and the women of Bongema work together to create custom prints using the Gara technique