Mali Mudcloth - Mustard and Black Design

Made in Mali the Mud Cloth also known as the Bogolanfini is an important part of Malian culture. Strips of cotton fabric are woven on a narrow loom and then sewn together to form a larger cloth. The cloth is then soaked in a bath of mulch of leaves from local trees, this dyes it a deep yellow colour. 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.

Measures 90cm x 1.4 meters.

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