Dogon Koro: Authentic Blue Stamped African Mudcloth Textile, 45×63″ / Fringe, African Textiles, Wall Hanging Textile, Bohemian, Home Decor, African Mud Cloth, Bogolanfini Blanket from Mali, West Africa Textiles
What a gorgeous piece! I personally picked this Vintage African Textile and the color is beautiful and rich. Vintage indigo blue textile handwoven and hand-dyed by the Dogon tribe from Mali in West Africa. They’re also known as Bogolanfini, which in the Bambara language means cloth & mud. Bogo, meaning earth or mud; – lan, meaning with and; – fini, meaning cloth. The word is translated as “mud cloth.” Bogolanfini is a handmade Malian cotton fabric dyed using a process of fermented mud that dates back to the 12th century.
This beautiful indigo textile is stamped with a Dogon Koro stamp with other details and can be used as a throw and will also look fantastically hung on a wall. This fabric has two hanging pieces in the top corners.
Each piece carries a story, therefore some textiles may show signs of age, fraying, tiny repaired or un-repaired holes, and slight staining. Such potential details should not be considered as defects but are a result of the textiles special history and add to the uniqueness, value, and history of the piece.
Material: Indigo Mud Cloth
Quantity: one piece as pictured
Size: 45 wide x 63 tall without fringe
We suggest that you wash this fabric before using it to remove the excess dirt and dye. It will also become more soft and smoother to the touch with washing. Please test your detergent in a small piece of this fabric to make sure your laundry detergent won’t damage the fabric. Please wash it alone! On initial cleaning by any method, there may be some fading. Dry flat or hang dry. Mudcloth can also be pressed using a steam iron with good results.
❁ What’s Mud Cloth?
Oh, the beautiful mud cloths, a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud. Its original name in Bambara-language is Bogalon, which translates into “mud cloth”. It has an important place in traditional Malian culture and has, more recently, become a symbol of Malian cultural identity. Bogolanfini patterns are rich in cultural significance, referring to historical events, mythology or other objects, mythological concepts or proverbs.
❁ Quick facts on Bogolan Mud Cloths:
Bogolan means ‘made from mud’ in Bambara, the main language of Mali. The Bogolan technique of dyeing and printing cotton is entirely organic and kind to the environment. It contains no harmful mordants or chemicals and it uses dried leaves and tree bark as the dyestuff.
First of all, Bogolan is the quintessential West African textile that also called mud cloth, handmade in the large part of sub-Saharan in West Africa. Mud cloths are made using small cotton strips handwoven in traditional looms in the villages. Each cotton strip of approximately 15 cm is stitched together, therefore, creating a large enough fabric that can be used for clothing and other purposes. The base cloth is ready for the dyeing process, which is made by using barks and leaves of special trees. The rich red is obtained from boiling the bark of a special tree and the yellow tones are obtained by soaking the dried and pounded leaves of another tree.
Once the fabric is dyed, it is ready to receive the mud, which is often applied with the help of a toothbrush and painted freehand or using stencils. The mud used comes from the Niger River, which goes through a fascinating process of oxidation reacting with the natural dyes, finally producing a rich black color when it has been dried and washed off the cloth. This labor-intensive process is traditionally done at the banks of the Niger river or in its tributary, the Bani. The fabric is washed and laid to be airdried under the sun.
❁ How to care for your Bogolan Textile:
The mud cloths can be cleaned with good results by a dry cleaner, machine washing or by hand washing. Be aware that some dry cleaners will not clean handmade fabrics. If machine washing, place the fabric in a lingerie bag and wash in cold water using the gentle cycle and mild laundry detergent. The water will turn dark and therefore at least initially the fabric should be washed by itself. You may have to rinse the machine before laundering other clothing. Dry flat or hang dry.
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