Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
Bogolan Mud Cloth
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Bogolan Mud Cloth

€149,00
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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.

Fabric: wool

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.

In traditional bògòlanfini production, men weave the cloth and women dye it. On narrow looms, strips of cotton fabric about 15 centimetres (5.9 in) wide are woven and stitched into cloths about 1 metre (3 ft) wide and 1,5 metres (5 ft) long.
The dyeing begins with a step invisible in the finished product: the cloth is soaked in a dye bath made from leaves of the n'gallama (Anogeissus leiocarpa) tree that have been mashed and boiled, or soaked. Now yellow, the cloth is sun-dried and then painted with designs using a piece of metal or wood. The paint, carefully and repeatedly applied to outline the intricate motifs, is a special mud, collected from riverbeds and fermented for up to a year in a clay jar. Because of a chemical reaction between the mud and the dyed cloth, the brown color remains after the mud is washed off. Finally, the yellow n'gallama dye is removed from the unpainted parts of the cloth by applying soap or bleach, rendering the finished cloth white.
After long use, the very dark brown color turns a variety of rich tones of brown, while the unpainted underside of the fabric retains a pale russet color.