Mud cloth, also known as 'Bògòlanfini' is a handmade Malian cotton fabric. It is one of Africa's most unusual and unique textiles and looks striking on these piped cushions, made by us in London.
Narrow strips of hand woven cotton are stitched together and traditionally dyed with fermented mud. The strips are woven on small looms looms and stitched to make a piece around 1 metre wide by 1.5 metres long. These cloths have an important place in traditional Malian culture and have, more recently, been widely used in fashion, fine art and interior design. Each cloth is completely unique.
The dying and printing can be a long process. The cloth is soaked in a dye bath made from mashed and boiled leaves from the N’gallama tree. This turns it a yellowish colour. The cloth is then sun dried and painted with designs using a piece of metal or wood. The paint made from mud is collected from riverbeds and fermented for up to a year. Thanks to a chemical reaction between the mud and the dyed cloth, the brown colour remains when the mud is washed up. The N’gallama tree dye is removed from the unpainted parts of the cloth using soap and rendering them white.
The abstract designs found on Mud Cloth have symbolic meanings or represent everyday objects.
PLEASE NOTE: CUSHION INNER IS NOT INCLUDED. CUSHION COVER ONLY.
ARTISANS & VALUES
This item is handmade by us in the U.K.
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Materials: 100% Woven Cotton
Sizing: 45cm x 45cm
Our cushions can be machine washed on your coolest cycle (30degrees and below).
We recommend washing them separately the first few washes to avoid the indigo transferring onto other laundry.
They are not suitable for tumble drying, please leave your Indigo textiles to dry naturally.
Avoid placing in direct sunlight as this may cause the natural dye to fade slightly.
Read more about how to care for your goods on our Care Guide.