Mudcloth History

Oct 14th 2019

Bòlanfini 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.

Indigo Cloth Making Mali

"She introduced me to the ancient man and his wife.We sat and chatted. The elder man was a renowned féticheur and he offered to divine my future. Clad in the dark heavy weave of mudcloth,heavy strips of cotton cloth sewn together and dyed with mud,called bogolanfini, he sat in the shadowed heat of closed hut and threw cowry shells in the sand." Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway.

Bogolanfini pillows aka mudcloth from Mali.