Seventy miles from Dakar, beautiful shoes are being made.
Located 70 miles from the capital of Senegal, Ngaye-Mékhé is known throughout the country for its beautiful leather products. The shoemakers from the small town of 20,000 people have won Senegal’s Grand Prize for artisanal products an impressive three times since the award’s inception in 1993.
Since the 1930s, CAWAAN Cordonnerie has made beautiful leather products. In 1980, Moussa Gueye took over leadership of the workshop along with his brothers, and they continue to put precision and care into each of their hand-made products. Only the best quality artisanal passport wallets, belts, bags, and sandals are made by the workshop.