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One of our contributors recently visited Awori Village, a rural community in Lagos, to photograph local Mat-Makers, an industry driven by elderly women. Is Mat-Making a Business worth exploring? What do you think about the industry? Feel free to leave a comment!
Photography by Ola
These are mat makers from Awori land in Badagry area of Lagos. They actually make mat as a Business. Their color combination is always beautiful. There are a lot of hotels that come to source for their materials, including galleries and other art centres. They use these mats for interior decoration.
You find them like this every day crafting their work.
Mat-Making is an industry that has not yet been fully explored because sometimes the middle-men between these people and the end-users tend to benefit more. If there was an investor who can give them the monetary value for their work, the industry will grow bigger than Lagos.
I worked with available (natural) light in taking these photographs. The women were receptive. We spent about 10 minutes talking about their work and taking pictures. Mat-making, as an industry should really be explored!