BOGOLANFINI TEXTILE (MUD CLOTH) BLACK
“bogo” mud/ earth
ORIGIN: Beledougou, Mali
Woven by men, dyed by women
The white base cloth is soaked in a solution rich of tannic acid (using leaves and branches).
Once a pattern is drawn onto the fabric, the negative space is filled with iron-rich mud, which was fermented for a year. When dry, the cloth is washed to remove excess mud. The yellow areas are bleached using a mixture of boiled peanuts, water, caustic soda and millet bran, then left in the sun for a week before washed
USED: Men - Hunters' shirts or tunics
Women— Important transitional periods in her life e.g. prior to the consummation of her marriage, immediately following childbirth, and finally as a burial shroud.