African Mudcloth #4

Bògòlanfini or bogolan (Bambara: bɔgɔlanfini; "mud cloth") is a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud. It has an important place in traditional Malian culture and has, more recently, become a symbol of Malian cultural identity.

Strips of cotton fabric are woven on a narrow loom and then sewn together to form a larger cloth.

Geometric motifs are drawn on the fabric with a special mud that has been kept for over 1 year. The iron in the mud reacts to the acid in the dyed cloth to produce a strong black design.

Traditionally worn by hunters as camouflage and worn by women after child birth the Bogolanfini is a ritual for protection.

≈ Due to the original and handmade nature of this textile please note that some irregularities in print and pattern do occur.

≈ Dimensions Width 144cm x Length 205cm 



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