My name is Doofan Kwaghool. I am an artist, a textile designer and a part-time teacher. I work predominantly in painting. I have participated in several group arts and exhibitions.
I believe culture is one of the greatest assets that every nation should treasure. Beyond just being an expression, culture is also a great export. Hence, the need to keep certain elements of our culture alive. In the light of this, I am proud to say I am one of the many women reviving the textile industry in Nigeria.
Here is my story:
I was elated when I was contacted as one of the women selected for Go woman Go! The workshops facilitated by Chief (Mrs) Nike Okundaye were organised with Laura Aldridge at the Nike Centre for Art and Culture, where I learnt new techniques in textile design. The programme helped rekindle my love and background for arts and crafts which had somewhat been relegated to the background. I was taught new methods, expanded my network and got a new source of income. However, the highlight of the programme was having the opportunity to learn with Nike. I was beyond ecstatic.
These days when I wear my designs, people appreciate them and even ask me to teach them, thanks to the programme. The true beauty of the general idea is the fact that these fabrics tell a story, our story. It is beauty made in Nigeria. More so, I teach in a primary school so the kids get to learn tie and dye and adireeleko from me as a plus. I see textile design as an alternative to oil, that is if it is harnessed properly, so, I’m doing my own part by sharing the knowledge. #KnowMoreDoMore
DoofanKwaghool is a beneficiary of Go Woman Go! a collaboration between British Artist Laura Aldridge and women in Abuja organised by the British Council in Nigeria with the aim of empowering women with new skills and capacities in textile and printmaking. For more details on this programme and how you can get involved, follow link below.