We love textiles — especially textiles that are rich in history and meaning, like our Black and White African Mudcloth. An age-old Malian craft, mudcloth, or bògòlanfini, has been crafted by West African people since roughly the 12th century. An arduous process that takes weeks to complete, this traditional textile starts with narrow strips of cotton fabric, which are stitched together to create a larger whole. Our Black and White African Mudcloth is dyed using the mashed and boiled leaves of native wolobugun trees until it takes on a yellow hue. After sun-drying, the fabric is hand-painted with a natural black pigment made from fermented river mud, creating minimalist geometric motifs that represent good fortune and the tribe’s warriors. Once these designs have dried, the yellow is bleached away, resulting in this simple, stark textile. Rich in cultural significance and symbolism, we love our Black and White African Mudcloth as a global layer or wall hanging. Handmade from start to finish, it’s truly one-of-a-kind.
•approximately 64.75" x 89"
•handwoven and pieced cotton fabric
•dyed with natural dyes
•traditional geometric pattern painted with fermented mud