Bogolan Mud Cloth
traditional Malinese Mud Cloth
We found 4 amazing mud cloths that could make wonderful fabrics to put on you bed end, by the sofa, as wall art... Each piece is handselected by us during one of our purchasing trips to the North of Africa.
Edges are rough and it is a handmade product, so any imperfections are part of the design and give the piece its charming artisan aspect.
Handmade in Mali
Dimensions: 210 à 225 x 160 à 170 cm
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. The cloth is exported worldwide for use in fashion, fine art and decoration.
The dye technique is associated with several Malian ethnic groups, but the Bambaran version has become best known outside Mali. In the Bambara language, the word bògòlanfini is a composite of bɔgɔ, meaning "earth" or "mud"; lan, meaning "with" or "by means of"; and fini, meaning "cloth". Although usually translated as "mud cloth," bogolan actually refers to a clay slip with a high iron content that produces a black pigment when applied to handspun and handwoven cotton textiles.