West African Mud Cloths

Mud cloth, also known as  'Bògòlanfini' is a handmade Malian cotton fabric.  It is one of Africa's most unusual and unique textiles.

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.