Bogolan Indigo


Bogolán Indigo

  • 100% cotton
  • completely made by hand
  • hand spun cotton, hand woven and hand painted
  • approximately 105 cm x 165 cm

This Bogolan mud cloth can be used as a throw or for example as a table cloth or wall hanging. The short ends of this cloth are unfinished,
The natural indigo dye is made of the leaves of the indigo bush and gives this cloth the characteristic, intense, dark blue colour.

Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, designs and sizes may slightly vary.

Hand wash in cool water and air dry..
(the Indigo will give off some colour in the beginning, it is not colour fast and will fade to a lighter shade of blue)

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Bogolan (bogolanfini) African mudcloth is a traditional fabric from Mali

The cotton is usually grown on small farms using simple and labour intensive methods.
After the weaving, mainly by use of hand looms, the strips of about 15 cm are stitched together into a whole cloth.
The cloth is soaked in a bath of dye made from tree leaves. After drying in the sun the cloth is then painted with mud in various designs and colours by using sticks.
This mud is collected from the river Niger during dry season and fermented in a clay jar for up to a year.

Due to a chemical reaction between the mud and the dyed cloth, the brown colour remains after the mud is washed off. Both the patterns and the colours used have a symbolic meaning,