Purple & Teal Green Tie Dye Vintage African Mud Cloth, 44″x62″ / Bogolanfini Textile from Mali
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Purple & Teal Green Tie Dye Vintage African Mud Cloth, 44″x62″ / Bogolanfini Textile from Mali, West Africa Textiles, Bohemian, Home Decor, Blankets, African Cloths
What a gorgeous piece! I personally picked this Vintage African Fabric and the color is beautiful and rich! :)) This African cloth comes from Mali and is known as Bogolanfini, which in the Bambara language means cloth & mud (traditionally called Bògòlanfini). 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 12th century.
African mud cloths (mud cloth) are labor intensive and full of history. They are traditionally hand-spun, hand-woven fabric sheets that are made one at a time. It takes several days to get one full fabric complete depending on the weather. No two pieces are the same and patterns will vary from one piece to the next. The making of a mud cloth involves fermenting iron-rich soil, dyeing cotton cloth, soaking the cloth in a leaf-infused solution, drying it in the sun, then carefully staining the negative space surrounding the design motifs with the fermented mud. Local women do most all the work on these fabrics and the designs on them usually describe their symbols and history.
This fabric here is composed of strips of fabric that have been sewn together and as pictures, it has two different color tones with batik designs. This particular piece has 11 strips total, 6 Teal Green, and 5 Purple strips. You can use it to decorate a wall, as a festival blanket, beach cover, take apart and make clothing or perhaps accessories, such as wallets, pillows or purses… the possibilities are endless! :))
NOTE: this fabric is in excellent condition, no tears. The last picture shows an already repaired tear and I wanted to point that it has been nicely stitched up in a different color. The fabric is 44″ wide x 62″ tall.
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.
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