Traditional African Fabric
Mudcloth, also known as Bogolanfani, is a traditional African fabric handmade through an intricate process. It involves the use of locally sourced cotton, which is spun into yarn and then woven into narrow strips. These strips are meticulously stitched together to create larger fabric panels. The fabric is then treated with a mixture of boiled tree bark and leaves to create a dye-resistant surface. Finally, skilled artisans use fermented mud and hand-painted designs to create the distinctive patterns that define Mudcloth’s unique aesthetic.
- Collect the cotton from the field
- Take the cotton and make it into thread
- Tisserand (waiver) will put the tread to make the band of white fabric.
- The final products
- The final product after processing natural products and mud to change colors and made mudcloth. The fabric is prepped for dye, and fermented mud is collected from riverbeds
- The fabric is laid out to sun dry
- This is the final product
Mudcloth made in Mali