Finimougou is hand-spun, handw oven cotton made in Mali. Spinning cotton by hand so that the thread is fine and even is an exceptional skill - traditionally a woman's occupation, and one that is now very rare due to the ever-increasing availability of cheap imported cloth. The best spinners are now very elderly women, and their skills are rarely being passed on to a new generation. Good weavers are also increasingly difficult to find. Traditionally Malian cotton is woven by men on a narrow-strip horizontal loom, and the strips are then sewn together to produce a width of cloth.