Mud Cloth (Bogolanfini) has lately become one of our favorites home decor textile pieces and no wonder why, their uniqueness and beauty not only gracefully decorates homes but most important represents the traditions an culture of West African culture, specifically for Malian cultural identity; they have now become a symbol of their individuality
Let's talk a little about, How the MudCloth is made?
These pieces are handmade in Malian cotton fabric which is later dye using traditional techniques that include fermented mud. Hinge the name Mud Cloth,
the process consists of soaking the cloth or fabric in a bath of dye from the leaves of the n'gallama tree and then painted with motifs that represent the cultures of the different tribes, using a special fermented mud collected from riverbeds
men weave the cloth and women dye it on narrow looms about 15 cm wide which are later stitched together to form a more substantial piece of cloth,
the designs are made using a piece of metal or wood with (as I mentioned before) a special paint made of the special mud collected from riverbeds and fermented for up to a year in a clay yard
What's the meaning of the motifs in the African MudCloth?
the motifs presented on the patterns represent a code for a small group of people, they don't suppose to mean more for the outsiders but only for a community of people, those motifs became their language and a way of displaying messages, social status, historical events or proverbs many have been decodable although some others remain a mystery
African MudCloth Pillow
How do you wash your MudCloth?
Using a mild soap and cold water, soak the fabric for about 5-10 minutes you can use your tub for this, stir it and make sure all the fabric is being soaked, do not scrub, remove the fabric from the water and rinse all the soap using running cold water, then gently and taking your time, you don't want to go hard on this fabric, ring all the excess water from your cloth, lay flat or hand and let it dry, if doing this indoors the drying time might take a little while since the fabric is heavy and you didn't squeeze out the water, but trust me the waiting time will be all worth it,
Washing a pillow? use the same process
What's your favorite MudCloth fabric? let me know, I might add some of those to the shop next :)