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In Thies, the weaving is done mostly by women. “In the village, there are a number of compounds arranged by family,” says Burks. “My compound was made up of all family members of Serigne. When I was there, it was more like a classroom where I was with my video camera at the front with them facing me, but I don’t know if they usually work that way. Some women were working in sweet grass, and others were experimenting with the fabric and rope and materials I brought.”