African drugs: why Nigeria’s historic dyeing plant in Kano risks being closed

  • By Salihu Adamu
  • BBC News, Kano

The local dyer Baba Muhammed dips fabric in dye in Kano, Nigeria

Baba Muhammad fears that he is one of the last colors in Kano.

For more than six centuries, a large area of ​​the historic city of Kano in northern Nigeria has been home to color houses, where beautiful fabrics are made using ancient techniques.

The fabrics – dyed deep blue – have long been sold in Africa and the Middle East.

But many are concerned that this industry is threatened.

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