Meet Ousman Sambou, a young weaver who keeps the tradition alive, making most of his product out of cotton. He started weaving in 2002, and he became a professional weaver, weaving being his only way of earning income. He was taught the profession by his uncle and is working independently since 2018. He knows every single part of the process, from fixing the loom, setting the threads and weaving.
Most of the products he makes include scarves, bags and table runners. Still, he can also create material for making the dress in the desired measurements and according to the customer’s preferences.
He mainly uses cotton but sometimes combines it with black base threads from polyester, making his products strong. He gets materials from the Serrekunda market. Sometimes he has to go to Dakar to buy cotton. The amount of cotton produced in The Gambia is not enough, which causes the resources to be very expensive.
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